Report: 2 Ohio Campus Officers Netted More OT Than Salary
September 26, 2011
Two Ohio State University police officers worked so many overtime shifts in 2010 that their overtime pay surpassed their base salary, reports the Dayton Daily News.
Officers Richard A. Green and Thomas A. Schneider, each took in more than $84,000 in overtime last year. They earned more than $165,000.
State Sen. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the Senate Education Committee and is a nonvoting member of the Ohio Board of Regents, said she was "horrified" by the numbers.
The Ohio State University Police Department paid out $1 million in overtime pay out of a $4.9 million total payroll.
Source: Dayton Daily News.
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Stan @ 9/27/2011 8:56 PM
ChiefW @ 9/28/2011 12:54 AM
These stories irritate me. Focus is always on dollars and never on time. To earn that money, EARN, and not simply "netted" as in the headline, this guys probably had no personal lives that year. Also, what never gets mentioned - what would it have cost, salary and benefits, to hire full time replacements? I don't know those officers, I have nothing to do with that department, but I am one retired Chief who says what the reporter and the senator did not say - "Thank you for your service, officers."
rpb @ 9/28/2011 5:03 AM
What were the reasons for the overtime? One was probably shortage of personnel to get the job done, are they specialists, did others turn down overtime and these officers worked it. Why is there so much overtime in the budget, apparently there is a need? I think that before articles like this are written much more research must be done by the media and the politicians need to think outside of their comfortable office before passing judgement. I have over 30 years in law enforcement with most of that time working the road and earning overtime (in many cases working on voluntary time because there was not enought overtime in the budget).
Robert Smigiel @ 9/28/2011 5:52 AM
So well put ChiefW!!!
Bob P. @ 9/28/2011 8:19 AM
I worked for 30+ years in campus law enforcement. I had my share of overtime both forced and voluntary and it does not take long to push the cost up. I know that what you read above sounds bad. What about this? 20 officers earned $9,000.00 in overtime last year. If you look at it this way it sounds better but would not change anything. They still spent the same amount on overtime. Someone has to work and someone had to approve the overtime.
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