MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Department of Corrections staff in Wisconsin racked up $50 million worth of overtime in 2018.
An internal review shows overtime payments at the state’s adult correctional institutions increased by $7 million from 2016. Information overtime expenses for 2017 was not available.
The overtime was largely the result of staffing vacancies. The State Journal reports about 680 correctional officer and sergeant positions — or 15 percent of the total number of positions — were vacant last year.
Clare Hendricks, a DOC spokeswoman, said the state’s low unemployment rate makes it hard for the agency to retain workers. The state saw an unemployment rate at or below 3 percent for most of 2018.