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Health district employees get OT payments

YOUNGSTOWN — The city’s board of control approved paying $23,873.83 in overtime to seven health district employees, who normally aren’t entitled to it.

The board approved the payment Thursday. City council authorized the board at a July 28 meeting to make the payments through a temporary change in the city’s salary ordinance that make these workers eligible for the extra money.

The overtime money comes from a state grant of unused federal COVID-19 relief funds.

There were issues about paying the money with some council members concerned it would set a precedent to pay overtime to management employees — six of the seven fall into that category — as the city’s salary ordinance doesn’t permit them to get those additional payments.

Council chose to make these employees eligible for overtime for work they did during the COVID-19 pandemic this year for a temporary period of time.

Health Commissioner Erin Bishop with $9,916.81 and Anthea Mickens, director of nursing, with $8,936.26 received, by far, the largest overtime payments.

The five others received between $524.17 and $1,861.25.

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