A Los Angeles firefighter received more than $360,010 in overtime last fiscal year, a city audit found Wednesday, according to a report.
The audit reported that 18 other Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) employees received more than $200,000 in overtime pay and 90 percent of police and fire employees received some amount of overtime, the Los Angeles Times reported.
An LAFD spokesperson said overtime is necessary for the department’s “constant staffing model.” He didn’t give any details on the firefighters. The audit found that city and fire employees earned an average of $27,737 last fiscal year and the city’s general employees made an average of $7,528.
Auditors also noted that a traffic officer received $174,348 in overtime and a Building and Safety Department employee made $152,163.