Overtime Costs at 911 Center Down, But Not Enough

CHICAGO -- Aldermen on Monday were told that a costly overtime problem in the Office of Emergency Management and Communications was being resolved by having some employees work the 10-hour-a-day, four-day-a-week "power shift," which overlaps with the standard eight-hour shift worked by others.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported in February that a pair of police communications operators at the 911 center raked in $114,591 and $113,136 in overtime last year -- double their annual salaries -- raising renewed questions about staffing levels that were supposed to be resolved two years ago.

Still, twenty-three employees are being laid off and 74 of 131 vacant jobs are being permanently eliminated, the newspaper reported.

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