Questions have arisen about the need for overtime paid in the Police and Fire Departments.
FACTS:
The Police and Fire Department’s priority is to meet the community expectations of providing a safe environment to live in. Quality public safety is one of the reasons the City of Fountain Valley is “A Nice Place to Live”.

The Police Department’s overtime results from staffing basic functions such as Patrol, Traffic, 911 or Detectives. The Police Department currently has 62 funded positions and only 60 filled, with at least one pending service retirement. In addition, over the last 18 months, there have been 5-8 officers off duty at any given time due to injuries. In order to fulfill staffing requirements officers are required to either come in early or stay late. Without these expenditures, enough officers or dispatchers would not be deployed. This means that cases would go unresolved or calls not timely handled; even with overtime expenditures the department's response time to priority one calls has gone up almost 30 seconds since 2014. All overtime expenditures reflect tasks completed which the Department deems essential to core functions.

The Fire Department’s overtime for this fiscal year are due to the following circumstances:

1. An employee becomes sick mid-shift
2. An employee is attending training
3. An employee sustains a long-term injury
4. There are vacant positions within the workforce
5. Crews are assigned to a long-term mutual aid deployment (often reimbursed by the State)
6. Vacancies created by employees on vacation.

In many cases, paying existing employees’ overtime is just as economical as having full time employees working. According to data supplied by Fountain Valley’s Finance Department, the cost is the same to pay an existing tier one employee overtime to fill vacancies in caparison to hiring an additional full-time employee. The savings are achieved because existing employee benefits are not enhanced when paid overtime. Overtime is based on the department’s needs and all overtime worked are monitored by staff to assure public safety employees are not overworked.

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4. Questions have arisen about the need for overtime paid in the Police and Fire Departments.
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8. An article in the Orange County Register that appeared in the Dec. 18 Local section, included the headline, “Fountain Valley delays vote on LED billboard.”
9. In the same article, it is stated: “In October, then-mayor Nagel announced that he would cast a no vote due to concerns that the billboard could jeopardize the nearby Crossings development the city.
10. The proposed Clear Channel Outdoor Electronic Billboard is illegal according to the City’s Municipal Code.
11. Existing Businesses will be pushed out of the proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan area if the new zoning is adopted.
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