Wiedefeld Says Metro’s Track Department Supervisor Was Dismissed for Overtime Abuse

metro rail and carA Metro track department supervisor was dismissed for abuse of overtime, and others are under administrative review, according to Paul Wiedefeld, WMATA’s general manager.

“It is disturbing and disappointing that any employee would misuse overtime. The supervisor in this matter has been dismissed effective immediately,” said Wiedefeld. “As stewards of the public’s trust, all of us at Metro must hold ourselves to a standard of conduct that is above suspicion and reproach. We have a code of ethics that prohibits abuse of employment here for private gain.”

According to a WMATA statement, the administrative review was prompted by an interim report from Metro’s Office of Inspector General, which is conducting an ongoing investigation into overtime fraud.  The Inspector General’s office conducted an analysis of overall overtime earnings and found that certain track managers earned more than double their base salary in overtime, a pattern that was recurring over several years, prior to the SafeTrack initiative, according to WMATA.

“I want to commend Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington and welcome his partnership in WMATA’s efforts to police ourselves,” said Wiedefeld. “We are implementing his recommended changes to business controls to ensure full compliance with our policies and procedures.”

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