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New Orleans Likely to Cap Emergency Overtime Pay

The New Orleans Civil Service Commission is considering new rules that would limit extra pay for city officials during hurricanes and other emergencies. It's a move that comes after a dozen of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's top lieutenants accrued more than $10,000 apiece in emergency bonuses during Hurricane Isaac.

Robert Hagmann, personnel administrator for the Department of Civil Service, made a preliminary recommendation to the commission on Monday to eliminate overtime pay for city officials earning more than $100,000 a year.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin made a separate recommendation that would keep emergency pay as is but restrict city officials with the rank of deputy director or higher from also getting overtime.

The Times-Picayune reports the commission is likely to vote on a final rule change this spring.

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