Mayor Cheryl Walters said the decision was made primarily out of budgetary concerns.
“Money is awfully tight right now,” Walters said. “We just had to do something. We couldn’t continue on the way we were.”
In recent months the department has been racking up as many as 80 hours of overtime. That overtime was costing the city $21 per hour.
The mayor said the police department was using so much overtime that the city had to transfer money out of other funds just to cover payroll.
“We just couldn’t keep spending that way,” she said.