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October 18, 2001
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Atlanta's top cops seeking OT

Atlanta police Chief Beverly Harvard wants overtime for herself and her top brass during this time of heightened security, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday.

Several key City Council members are outraged she would even ask. "It's absolutely ludicrous. No salaried top positions in the world get paid OT," said council President Rob Pitts, noting that the positions are customarily exempt from overtime.

Finance committee Chairman Lee Morris said the request is even more objectionable because of the city's tight finances. "Even if the city was in good shape, I wouldn't consider it," he said. They're expected to be there whenever the city needs them. That's why they are paid so handsomely."

Harvard already earns $113,166 annually. For 20 hours of overtime, she would receive an extra $1,600 weekly, according to a city projection. Weekly overtime for her top aides, from lieutenants to deputy chiefs, would cost about another $70,000 a week.

An online poll by the Journal-Constitution shows readers feel the same way as council members. By late afternoon, 91 percent of the participants opposed granting OT.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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