Records show Lawrence and Douglas County government employees claimed more than $3 million in overtime wages last year, a 32 percent increase from the previous two years.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports most of the increase in overtime was from the city of Lawrence, where overtime increased from to $2.37 million from about $1.8 million in 2010 and 2011. County employees and Lawrence school employees' overtime claims last year were similar to 2011 and 2010.
Lawrence city manager David Corliss says most of the increase was spent on fire and law enforcement personnel.
Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib says the numbers are deceiving because some of the overtime paid to officers was for assisting federal authorities, and the federal government will reimburse some of that money.