The officers recorded on numerous occasions that they were working an off-duty security job for the Waco Housing Authority while working their city jobs.Of ten officers given "indefinite suspensions" for doubledipping, "four resigned or retired in lieu of disciplinary action and one did not appeal." Clearly they'd have been better off rolling the dice and appealing their cases under the civil service code. Apparently double dipping is something police officers in Waco can't be fired for doing.
The officers who appealed their indefinite suspensions through the civil service process claimed unintentional clerical errors, inconsistent work schedules and faulty memories — not criminal intent — were responsible for their inaccurate time cards.
They also claimed they only did what many officers have been allowed to do and that their actions were consistent with long-standing, unwritten policies approved by supervisors.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Double dipping not cause for firing, says civil service examiner
A Waco police detective was reinstated by a civil service examiner after being fired along with nine others for "double dipping," or working a second job during periods when he should have been on duty at Waco PD. This is the third officer reinstated through the civil service process over the incident. Reported the Waco Tribune Herald (subscription only):