Report: Storm Costs Montgomery County $100,000 in Overtime
The Montgomery County Police Department worked more than 2,000 overtime hours after the June 29 storm and overtime costs for the county are over $100,000, The Gazette reported.
Though officials say they’re still totaling Montgomery County’s storm costs, the Gazette reported that overtime costs alone for the county police department have exceeded $100,000.
Spokesperson Angela Cruz told the Gazette that police had logged more than 2,111 overtime hours and of those hours, 310 were “comp hours earned” overtime, which means that employees took compensation in the form of hours earned, as opposed to overtime pay.
According to the Gazette, overtime has cost the county $102,843.69 thus far and overtime pay for the Fire and Rescue Service response was $30,000.
Though Pepco has received harsh criticism and negative feedback from both residents and officials for its response time to the storm’s outages, the Gazette reports the county is not able to recoup any money from the power company.
Patrick Lacefield, a spokesperson for the county, told Patch that total costs of the storm in Montgomery County have not yet been determined, but according to the Gazette, County Council President Roger Berliner said he would not be surprised if total costs reach $1 billion.