SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Newly released figures show the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office accounts for most of the county’s spending on overtime pay.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that county employees earned nearly a third of a million dollars in overtime during the last fiscal year. The newspaper found that all but two of the top 20 overtime earners worked for the sheriff’s office.

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The Daily Times obtained the figures from the county through a public-information request. Overtime pay totaled $332,000 — just over 1 percent of the county’s $27.4 million payroll.

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The top overtime earner was Sgt. Bob Trautman, who made $31,000 in overtime, bringing his earnings to nearly $105,000.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Ed Schreier says deputies often have no choice but to work overtime to keep the community safe.

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