State agency goes overboard in overtime, pays out $47 million in three years

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by Chris Nagus

KMOV.com

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

(KMOV) -- The Missouri State Auditor says employees of the Missouri Department of Mental Health racked up more than $47 million in overtime during a three period ending in 2010. According to the auditor's report, one employee worked more than 6,000 hours of overtime in two years, and earned nearly $100,000 over their base pay during that time.

According to the audit, the Department of Mental Health has no policies limiting the amount of overtime employees can work.

The Department of Mental Health responded to an interview request with an email, but the director declined an on camera interview. According to the email, the agency is projecting another $14 million in overtime spending this year, but they are working on new policies to control overtime spending in the future. The email also says the majority of the overtime was voluntary, and that 523 employees made 50 percent more than their base pay in overtime.

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