The city of Cleveland has hired former Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Bakeman to head up the investigation into the Cleveland Fire Department’s overtime scandal. Bakeman’s appointment was announced earlier this week as the department struggles to address allegations that some personnel work only a few days per month, and overtime is out of control.
Incidentally, Cleveland is not alone in trying to address the problem. Buffalo, NY and Clark County, Nevada top a list of departments trying to correct abuses stemming from improper use of substitutions, sick leave fraud, and in some cases pension escalators tied to overtime. [Note the video does not show on the homepage – please click through to the story specific page to see the video.]