19 Action News Investigation: Firefighters making $35,000 in OT - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

19 Action News Investigation: Firefighters making $35,000 in OT

Ed Gallek spoke with Ed Eckart from Cleveland's Department of Public Safety about firefighter overtime. (WOIO) Ed Gallek spoke with Ed Eckart from Cleveland's Department of Public Safety about firefighter overtime. (WOIO)
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A 19 Action News investigation has found that some Cleveland firefighters made more than $35,000 in overtime last year. They did it after sweeping reforms by the Cleveland Fire Department to control spending of taxpayer dollars. 

In recent years, we've seen a pay scandal, outrageous overtime spending, and more.

Cleveland City Hall did put in a new timekeeping system and new work rules to fix that.

We requested the 10 firefighters with the most overtime. They all made $27,000 to $35,000 in overtime last year alone. 

Most of the top 10 are bosses.

City hall admits top management could've done better. However, the city points out that the figures are for 2013, and firefighter overtime for this year is down by $700,000. 

We're just now looking at the 2013 overtime numbers because the city took months to respond to a public records request.

The city tells us a new Chief recently took over, and he's been controlling spending in many new ways.

"The taxpayers entrust us as city officials to watch over their money and spend wisely. And, I think Chief Kelly has lived up to that commitment," said Ed Eckart, from the city's Department of Public Safety.

So next year's top 10 in overtime list should look nothing like this year's. See the full overtime figures by clicking HERE

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