Overtime scandal in Brigantine? Mayor Phil Guenther and his Republican cohorts say no, even though the evidence is clearly shown.
Overtime payouts are soaring in Brigantine. Unions claim it’s due to lack of staffing. Others think it’s due to Mayor Guenther not knowing who OK’s the overtime.
From the Press of Atlantic City, MAY 11, 2014: Manager Jennifer Blumenthal said the spike is due in part to the captains — who are paid at a higher rate than lieutenants and other firefighters — taking more overtime and submitting requests to cash the time in now instead of at the end of their careers, as is general custom.
“They keep approving overtime even as the director says they can’t do it,” she said. “One captain will approve bringing in another captain during his shift.”
Guenther is Supervisor of Atlantic County Institute of Technology.
Mayor Phil Guenther, who has argued against having the director since before Howard’s appointment, said overtime would be greatly reduced if the city hired full-time firefighters instead of the part-time employees.
Blumenthal said each time the issue is brought up, the department’s labor attorney argues that the captains, as the officers-incharge, are entitled to approve each others’ requests without input form the public safety director.
Phil Guenther is GOP longshot.
Guenther is a long shot in the upcoming Atlantic County Assembly race. After ending a bumpy 26-year run as mayor of Brigantine, Republican in name only (RINO) Phil Guenther will pray for one of two NJ Assembly seats in the 2nd District this November.