Minneapolis Fire Dept spent $2 million on overtime in 2012

Councilmember Hodges and union president Lakosky interpret the increase differently.
The Minneapolis Fire Department's overtime costs skyrocketed in 2012 from the year prior, landing at just under $2 million by the end of December, according to city records.

That's about $900,000 more than 2011 -- a year when city councilmembers criticized then-Chief Alex Jackson for the department's rising overtime bill -- and the dramatic increase is being interpreted very differently throughout the ranks of the department and by elected officials.

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