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Overtime costs necessary, but still too high

Original post made on Dec 6, 2007

By working extra hours in 2006, Palo Alto Police Agent Adrienne Moore earned nearly $210,000, $18,000 more than Police Chief Lynne Johnson.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM


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Posted by JV
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 6, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Only in government do you get this nonsense.

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Posted by Jenny
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 6, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Adrienne Moore should be commended; she is basically doing two jobs. She is a Police Officer and works in the Dispatch Center on her days off. Both of these jobs require a high degree of proficiency and many months of training. However, she receives only one set of benefits (pension, vacation time, sick leave etc), which actually saves the City money.

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 6, 2007 at 9:29 pm

Is this some kind of scheme that will let her get a higher pension? Do the overtime hours count towards her maximum pension?

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Overtime hours do NOT count towards a higher pension. They use the highest year of your last three years at your regular rate. So if you worked 25 years and your salary is $100,000 per year, you would receive a pension base on 3% x the number of years on the job (30), your pension would be $75,000.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 6, 2007 at 10:59 pm

That 30 should be 25 years.

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Posted by Adam
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm

This article is full of sound and no substance. The attention grabbing headline concerning Ms. Moore was not referred to again. After citing the costs and reasons for overtime, no recommendation was made by the editor to improve the situation. However, Mr. Marinaro, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Erickson gave information on how they try to rein in overtime and what constraints they work under.

Please, Mr. Editor, reorder your article and put the important things first before adding so many extraneous details the message is lost.

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Posted by Alex
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 11, 2007 at 6:23 am

Overtime is financially beneficial to the City. The alternative would be to hire more firefighters and more police officers which add to the City's payroll. Overtime benefits the City because they only have to pay out one set of benefits, but this is not explained in the PAW article.