Last week Governor Peter Shumlin held a press conference to explain allegations that a Vermont State Police officer had gamed the system and charged the state and municipalities for overtime hours he didn’t work.
Sergeant Jim Deeghan’s base salary was just over $78,000 but he made an additional $58,000 in overtime. Officials say most officers make $30,000 in overtime each year.
Burlington Free Press reporter Mike Donoghue broke the story. He spoke with Vermont Edition about how his on-going reporting on salaries across state government has revealed some surprising data.