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City looking closely at comp pay after EMA worker racks up over 1,000 hours

An Evansville city employee is being paid while not working two days a week after racking up over a thousand hours of comp time. 

The city limits the amount of overtime you can receive at 240 hours. Officials tell 14 News one employee that works at the Emergency Management Agency accrued over four times that, and as reported last month, that's one of the reasons why Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he asked EMA Director Sherman Greer to resign.

Now the city is looking  more closely at comp pay.

"It could easily clean our rainy day fund that we do have. We'd be scrambling to find those funds," Councilman John Friend said.

Finance Chair for the Evansville Common Council, Friend, says it's a scenario that could play out if too many city workers were to ask for their comp pay at the same time. 

"Those liabilities that you have could land on your doorstep anytime, you have no idea," Friend said.

Officials say the EMA employee who racked up 1,100 hours is now using up that comp time. They say she's only working three days a week, at least until the end of the year. 

Friend says that employee isn't the only one with comp hours. He says many departments, such as police and fire, accumulate a lot of time, too. 

"If we had to pay that today, this very day, what would that cost the city of Evansville? Well, its $2-2.5 million, three collectively between all of them," Friend said.

Money, Friend says, wouldn't be readily available. But according to the Fair Labor Standards Act of the Department of Labor, if employees asked for comp pay, they city would be required to pay up. 

George Fithian, Director of Administrative Services, says what happened should be an eye opener for the city. 

"Its not okay. It serves, you know, the result of the incident being that she accumulated more than should've been allowed to," Fithian said.

Fithian says that the EMA has volunteer workers to work in place of the EMA worker who is off. 

14 News tried reaching out to EMA on Monday to get a comment from them, but have yet to hear back.

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