Supervisor: County’s overtime expenditures excessive

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt said that a 26% spike in overtime expenses throughout county government in the last fiscal year was unsatisfactory and a sign that agencies need to do more to rein in costs during the board’s Aug. 27 meeting. “This is a bad slope to be on,” Hewitt said in reaction to the Office of the Auditor-Controller’s 2018-2019 “Full Transparency Countywide Monitoring” assessment. “I want to see that number come down. Bringing down that overtime will save a lot on our bottom line. There are always instances where we need overtime. But I’d still like to see this number come down quite a bit.” According to the report, $105.6 million was paid out to cover overtime costs throughout county government in the previous fiscal year, compared to rou
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