“It’s under investigation” | Few public details released about JPD officer who earned $140,000 from record overtime last year
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – Two weeks after a 3 On Your Side investigation revealed that a Jackson police officer claimed to be working an almost superhuman amount of overtime, city officials remain mum on what they are doing about it. topic.
Timesheets obtained exclusively by WLBT show the officer, Torrence Mayfield, racked up more than 4,500 overtime hours last year, earning more than $140,000 on a patrolman’s salary.
These timesheets show Mayfield said he worked 363 days last year, all but two days all year.
At a Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote asked JPD leadership the status of any investigation into this officer and whether any money had been recovered that the city had paid that it should not have.
Jackson Deputy Police Chief Joseph Wade, who had answered most of the council committee’s questions that day, turned to city attorney Catoria Martin to answer the question. Foote’s investigation.
“It’s still under investigation, but if the board wants to go into executive session, we can – it’s a staffing issue,” Martin said. “If you wish to participate in an executive session, we can provide additional details. But outside of the executive session, it’s still under investigation.
Foote pushed further.
“Who is doing the investigation, internal or JPD?”
Martin said an internal and external investigation is underway.
Foote questioned the meaning of an “external” investigation.
“So this is the state auditor?” Football asked.
Ward 6 Councilor Aaron Banks interrupted the exchange before Martin could respond, saying the information being discussed was relevant, but reminding the room that the meeting had already lasted nearly an hour and that they had another meeting to come.
The board committee did not meet in executive session.
Prior to Foote’s question, Banks had asked Wade about the city’s timekeeping system — KRONOS — and whether it had measures in place to alert someone if an employee goes over a certain amount of overtime.
“No, but it would be great if it was integrated into the KRONOS system,” Wade said. “With the review and documentation, you can put a note every time overtime has been approved, making sure that the commanders and sergeants or whoever is the timekeeper for that particular area, that they note every hour additional because they must be approved.”
The city’s chief financial officer, Fidelis Malembeka, told the committee that these features were available in the system and said his department had made extra efforts to track and report this information, although when this process began is unclear. be unclear.
“Leading the police department gets a little more complex because you have sergeants, lieutenants, commanders. They all have to deal with a certain range of responsibilities,” Banks said. “I think, to make sure that we protect ourselves from any further future breaches, we will find a way to implement this as soon as possible.”
It is unclear who approved Mayfield’s overtime.
As WLBT originally reported last month, JPD’s general orders state that any excess of 20 hours of overtime during a pay period must be approved in advance by the police chief or deputy chief.
Each of Mayfield’s pay periods last year had well over 20 hours of overtime.
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