Overtime Pay Scandal Plagues Brentwood Fire Department

Less than a month after former city administrator Chris Seemayer admitted to embezzling city funds, three high-ranking firefighters have been forced into retirement.

Financial scandals continue in Brentwood's government.

An investigative report by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Paul Hampel shows between $12,000 and $28,000 a year for the past 24 years in wasted government spending on undeserved overtime pay for firefighters.

Quoting from the Post's story:

The issue came to light in late March, when Brentwood police were investigating allegations that City Administrator Chris Seemayer was stealing from the city. Police examined his computer and other records and came upon the overtime pay. Seemayer from the city and at the Casino Queen.

Three high-ranking officers, including fire chief Bob Niemeyer and assistant chief Bob Kurtz, have been forced into retirement and two other firefighters have been demoted, the story reports.

But Kurtz was given another job as building commissioner with the city.

Read the full story on STLToday.com.

Jeff August 06, 2011 at 02:09 AM
The firefighters should be ashamed of themselves. They are LIARS and criminals for defrauding the city. They said that they worked a full days work and were paid overtime at and average of $50 and hour when, in fact, they worked as little as three hours. This went on for 24 years! That is theft. There is no other way to put it. The ex cheif and his lackeys should all be made to pay restitution out of their fat pensions. They should be criminally charged. They are a disgrace. BTW, you know they did it because they agreed to give up raises over the next few years up to 8%. Liars. Thieves. Crooks. Disgraceful.
D October 13, 2011 at 08:00 PM
This is directed to Chillidan and Jeff, Before you deem this comment appropriate and placed in a public forum. You need to know what you’re talking about. Attending to fires and maintaining apparatus takes highly knowledgeable people who are constantly training on new strategies, concepts and state-of-art equipment. Did you think their knowledge comes to them naturally or they learn this in their sleep or while standing/laying around? Local fire departments cover one another’s jurisdiction when needed, called mutual aid. So Brentwood firefighters not only cover Brentwood but assist fire and/or medical emergencies mutual aid when needed. They are required to know the lay of the land in these jurisdictions, where each fire hydrant and business key boxes are. Along with annual business safety inspections, firefighters also clean up industrial spills, accident sites, assist with overturned vehicles, etc. Another requirement of most fire fighters is life saving paramedic and constant training. Did you know that sometimes the ambulance has more calls than the fire truck in a day? And did you know the ambulance is called for some of the most mundane reasons by citizens at all times of day/night?
D October 13, 2011 at 08:07 PM
This is directed to Chillidan and Jeff, (continuation of previous blog, due to limited words allowed by network) You are welcome to visit the firehouse anytime. Well, that is when they’re not on an emergency phoned in by a citizen. They are proud to show off the equipment your tax dollars paid for and explain the latest strateg(ies) or newest emergency medical techniques. You will come away knowing your safety is in good hands.
The Insider January 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM
I am curious as to why our Sanitation Dept workers are allowed to clock out after their route is run. They get paid for 40 hours when on most weeks they work approximately 20 hours tops. How is this any different than the fireman's OT pay scandal? Doesn't the city have anything else these trashmen could do after the trash has been picked up?
Jeff January 16, 2013 at 02:25 PM
D, You chose to completely ignore the FACT that the firefighters lied and defrauded the city for 24 years. Did they lie and say that they worked a full day of overtime when they actually only worked as little as three? Did this go on for over two decades? If the answer is yes to those two questions they should be criminally prosecuted and fired. Btw, Brentwood firefighters are the highest paid in the entire metro area. What is going on in this city? It is time for a change of leadership. Mayor Kelly has got to go.


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