Report: French Market violated rules in 2010
The city agency that manages the French Market spent $74,263 more than budgeted on employee overtime in 2010, violating civil service rules in the process, according to a report issued Thursday by Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s office.
The report shows the French Market Corp. allotted $175,000 for overtime pay in 2010 but spent $249,263, going over budget by 42 percent.
In a written response published with Quatrevaux’s report, the French Market’s interim executive director, Patricia Henry, pointed out that while overtime expenses went over budget, the agency’s overall spending on salaries did not. The extra overtime, Henry wrote, came in “lieu of hiring additional personnel to fill staffing shortages,” something she said the French Market has since done.
Still, Quatrevaux argued the French Market’s board should amend its budget when overtime expenses begin to run over, and pointed out the agency had nine employees who worked more overtime hours than civil service rules allow. In 2010, the report shows, employees collectively worked 2,164 more hours than allowed. They went 254 hours over the limit in 2011.
In response, the French Market said it will comply with civil service rules in the future and will seek permission from the Civil Service Commission before allowing any employee to work more than eight hours of overtime in a week.
In a prepared statement, the French Market’s new executive director, Jon Smith, noted that the agency is “a 24-hour-a-day, 365 day a year operation and in the course of managing staffing shortages excess overtime did occur.” He added that the French Market is “fully committed to reorganizing its staff in a manner that will prevent excess overtime” and “committed to complying with the Civil Service standards for overtime.”