Topeka changing firefighter overtime policy

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Top officers in the Topeka Fire Department will stop qualifying for overtime pay in November after a city official revised the compensation policy.

City Manager Jim Colson issued a release Tuesday saying the practice of paying overtime to battalion chiefs and shift commanders will end Nov. 9.

Those positions will be considered exempt slots under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and not eligible for overtime.

The Capital-Journal reported last week that 11 battalion chiefs and shift commanders earned a collective $145,000 in overtime in 2012.

Colson also says he’ll work with city leaders to review compensation policies and recommend any changes within the next six months. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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