Audit: Riverside County’s OT costs continue to climb

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Multiple agencies drove up Riverside County's overall overtime expenses nearly 10% in the last fiscal year, with the sheriff's department leading the pack, according to a report submitted to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Aug. 25. The Office of the Auditor-Controller recently completed its 2019-20 fiscal year ``Full Transparency Countywide Overtime Monitoring'' assessment, and according to the narrative, a total $116 million was paid out to cover OT costs throughout county government, compared to $105.6 million in the previous fiscal year. ``This puts a spotlight on some things,'' Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said. ``(Overtime costs) can have a big effect. We need to run very efficiently. I know COVID has put a lot of pressure on departments. But we need a longer discussio
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