PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released the findings of an audit of the secondary employment practices of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday.
According to a press release, the bureau had established policies and procedures in place for police secondary employment. However, those policies and procedures were not made to be part of the City Code by City Council.
In the time since the review started, City Council has codified those procedures.
“Having police secondary employment procedures and the cost recovery fee placed in the City Code is a step in the right direction to making sure the misappropriation of funds through secondary employment does not happen again,” Controller Lamb said in a statement. “We have also established a trust fund which segregates secondary employment premium pay from the cost recovery fee. This will allow for a more transparent process.”
It was also learned that the secondary employment was scheduled through the Police Special Events Office or designated schedulers.
As a result, a concern was raised about the potential to lead to favoritism.
Lamb’s office issued a recommendation where “the Bureau should review the position of scheduler to determine whether the practice should be continued or whether all secondary employment should be scheduled through the Public Safety Special Events Cost Recovery Office.”
To see the entire audit, click here.