Overtime for the city of Barberton through Oct. 23 is at $848,302.
The two biggest departments, Police and Fire, account for $574,000 (68% of city total).
At this pace, the total will pass $1 million by the end of December.
The Police Department has total overtime this year of $159,000 (19% of city total), down $32,000 from the same period in 2018.
The Fire Department overtime is at $415,000 (49% of city total), up more than $62,000 from the same period in 2018.
Mayor William Judge stated, “We actually need more employees in the city, but due to budget constraints with the loss of B&W, we cannot hire them at this point. Specifically we are down employees in the Police, Fire and Parks Maintenance departments and really across the board.”
The mayor also stated that there are many variables that will determine when these needed employees will be able to be hired, one of those being contract negotiations with Police and Fire.