The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has been ordered to pay detention officers more than $2 million in overtime to cover unpaid work that spanned two years.
The payment comes after a 10-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The county will pay $2,059,807 to 1,690 detention officers who were not paid while attending MCSO briefings before their shifts began. This occurred from October 2007 to March 2009, said county spokesman Richard de Uriarte.
Employees complained to county officials, who began their own investigation in addition to the federal examination.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be required to pay the employees from his detention fund. The sheriff’s office did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.
The county Board of Supervisors said the overtime issue was a result of the sheriff’s inadequate record keeping and not enforcing time-sheet policies.