Alabama county facing overtime pay crunch

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Local lawmakers in Madison County, Alabama, are growing frustrated with the significant amounts of overtime pay being issued to county employees, WAFF-TV reports. The figures have frustrated Madison County commissioner Dale Strong, who stated his goal is to curb the expenditures.

The paper reports that hundreds of employees have collected hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in overtime pay, aggravating lawmakers who demand a solution to the problem they already believe has questionable practices behind it.

"Right now with what is going on it's a detent to this county," Strong told the news source. "We are not trying to reinvent the wheel, we are trying to make sure our employees are working the appropriate hours they are supposed to be."

The sheriff's department drew much of the scrutiny. WAFF reports that the department accrued $38,000 in overtime during a two-week period in November, raising its total to $450,000 through the first 11 months of 2010.

It was in January when the Madison County Commission swore in Phil Riddick, who told the Huntsville Times that one of his first priorities was to tackle the overtime pay problem in the county.

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