FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/30/2014
Councilmember Licata Statement on OPA Recommendations for SPD
SEATTLE – Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata issued the following statement today in response to a special report generated by the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) regarding recommendations for management action:
"I understand that the OPA Director Pierce Murphy did not sustain any of the complaints for violating policies related to misuse of overtime because there were not adequate policies in the first place to be violated. The fact that a single unit of SPD exceeded their overtime budget by close to a million dollars is clear evidence that there should have been policies. Policies must be put in place immediately to ensure that overtime is not used on vacation days and that schedules are not altered by supervisors for the sole purpose of allowing for increased use of overtime.
"I have sent OPA Director a series of questions about this incident, his investigation, and his proposed next steps. I look forward to his response."