When Mayor Gavin Newsom said he was going to crackdown on overtime citywide, he meant it. A new report shows that use of overtime at city departments during July of 2010 was down by 18,391 hours, or 13 percent, compared to average monthly usage during the prior fiscal year, according to the controller’s report. Newsom’s budget for this fiscal year included plans to slash overtime by $17.7 million.
“The continued decline in overtime costs and hours for city employees shows we can manage our workforce more efficiently, save taxpayer dollars and still protect public safety and service delivery,” Newsom said. “These are good trends, but holding the line on overtime costs and hours and reducing them further demands our continued daily vigilance.”
The report examines the five departments that clock the most overtime, including Muni, police, fire, public health and the sheriff. Those departments alone cut overtime spending in July by nearly $1 million, or 11.7 percent, compared to the monthly average last year.