Metro Dismisses Track Supervisor for Overtime Abuse

Transit operator said some track managers earned more than double their base salaries in overtime


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Metro announced Friday it fired a track department supervisor for abusing overtime as the transit operator continues an ongoing investigation into overtime fraud.

Metro said other employees are under administrative review as well.

“It is disturbing and disappointing that any employee would misuse overtime,” General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement. “This supervisor in this matter has been dismissed effective immediately. As stewards of the public’s trust, all of us at Metro must hold ourselves to a standard of conduct that is above suspicion and reproach.”

Metro did not name the supervisor in a press release issued Friday and said it could not provide more details “due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.”

The transit operator’s Office of Inspector General is conducting the investigation into overtime fraud. The investigation determined the supervisor violated Metro policies and was paid for overtime hours he did not work, according to Metro officials.

The inspector general also found that some track managers earned more than double their base salaries in overtime pay—“a pattern that was recurring over several years, prior to the SafeTrack initiative,” a year-long repair program that was recently completed.

Wiedefeld credited Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington with leading the investigation and said Metro is implementing his recommended policies to reform its business practices.

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