Mayor Joe Butler Jr.: Changing fire department contract has saved city money

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The city of Watertown saved about $25,000 in overtime costs with the fire department.

That’s when comparing this past December to December of 2016. Officials told 7 News those savings are attributed to the city not allowing fire chief Dale Herman to call for backup if two or fewer firefightesr call in sick.

The controversial move effectively changed the fire department’s contract witht he ctiy, cutting minimum staffing from 15 down to 13. Mayor Joe Butler Jr. told 7, the one month of data shows “evidence of how you can save money working with less than the 15 minimum-manning clause.”

The fire union is fighting that move in court, it’s one in a series of legal matters pending during the three-year contract war.

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