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KATC Investigates Overtime Pay in Lafayette City Marshal's Office

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

With just days until Election Day, one of the most publicized races in Lafayette is in the spotlight.

Kip Judice and Brian Pope are in the runoff for Lafayette City Marshal. This, after defeating 30 year incumbent Earl "Nickey" Picard in the November primary.

One of the issues in the race has been of efficiency in the city marshal's office.

Over the past two years, the Lafayette City Marshal's office spent more than $100,000 in overtime. To put that in perspective, an entry level position with the office is around $30,000.

The deputies getting the most overtime include City Marshal "Nickey" Picard's own son, Timothy, pulling in close to $30,000.

Also, city marshal candidate Brian Pope, getting more than $12,000.

That overtime for his work on AOC's "Holding Accountable" program, where deputies call people who have outstanding warrants, all while on TV.

Pope declined comment on the matter. In fact, he asked me, "Whose side are you on?"

"I wouldn't be running if I did not think that there was some things I could do better," says Pope's opponent Kip Judice.

Judice says while he can't determine if the overtime was necessary, if he's elected, it's one big thing he's willing to address.

"It's alarming. Again it's a number that sticks out at you. Without having the work load analysis of what they did during that time, it's tough for me to say that it's unnecessary," says Judice.

It is money that could pay for more staff in the office, but outgoing City Marshal "Nickey" Picard says, that's not a possibility.

"I'm authorized 21 personnel and that's what I've got. I've got 17 deputies, and me thats 18. A radio dispatcher and two clerical people. That's it," says Picard.

To see a full list of Marshal employees, their salary and overtime for the past two years, click here

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