Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the city auditor to broaden the scope of a review of overtime spending to include all Seattle Police Department overtime in 2013 and 2014, the department said Friday.
In response to an Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) report that showed Seattle police wasted more than $1 million on loosely controlled overtime pay last year, O’Toole requested earlier this week that the city auditor review overtime expenditures in the Education and Training Section. After the initial letter, she ordered a preliminary department review of all overtime spending in 2014.
Friday, O’Toole sent a follow-up request asking the City Auditor to review all police-department overtime in 2013 as well.
The department exceeded its overtime budget for the training section by more than $1 million because of inadequate “systems and procedures to ensure that overtime hours reported were actually worked and properly approved,” the OPA concluded in a six-page report Tuesday.
O’Toole, who took over the department June 23, pledged the same day to take immediate steps to correct problems.