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Workers rack up $1M-plus in overtime

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg city employees earned more than $1 million in overtime last year. The Hattiesburg American reports that one fire department engineer’s overtime boosted his paycheck above the fire chief’s.

The Hattiesburg American requested and analyzed salary reports for the information.

It says the fire department engineer got $34,876 in overtime — doubling his annual salary for a total of $69,476.

Fire Chief David Webster earned $63,310. He says he has to make up almost 20 vacancies with overtime to keep enough fire trucks working.

The newspaper says the overtime checks averaged out to about $2,800, but nearly 20 workers earned at least $10,000 in overtime.

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