Did Chief Hurtt already know about HPD's excessive overtime?

Last month we learned that Chief Hurtt was unaware of (and unconcerned about) high overtime within HPD's ranks:

Hurtt, who learned about the high overtime pay after Chronicle inquiries, said he doesn't worry about the public's perception of the spending.

Today we learn that Hurtt was informed of the overtime problem in January of last year:

A Houston police commander alerted Chief Harold Hurtt last year that officers were manipulating court appearances to rake in extra overtime, according to a memo obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

The two-page letter, released under the Texas Public Information Act, states that accident investigators participated in an "intentional scheme" to add themselves unnecessarily to court dockets for their own "personal gain."

Whoa! Go Matt Stiles!

So, how does the chief respond to Stiles' reporting?

Hurtt and other police commanders who received copies of the memo did not respond Monday to requests for interviews.

By hiding. Maybe Matt Stiles can inquire about it at the chief's next press availability.

Posted by Anne Linehan @ 05/16/06 10:24 AM | Print |

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