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Mulberry Tightens Controls on Credit Card Use, Overtime
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Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.

The changes, proposed at a meeting Tuesday night, still must come before commissioners for a formal vote.

Commissioners did vote 3-2 Tuesday not to hold a workshop to discuss the possibility of disciplinary action against Satchel, Mulberry’s city manager since July 2009.

In January, a Ledger investigation �revealed Satchel repeatedly had used a city credit card for personal expenses, including a $ 1,440 cruise, and reimbursed the city weeks later. He also took the city’s per diem money with him to conferences, then charged his meals to the city’s credit card. He said he thought per diem was for incidental expenses and not for meals.

The Ledger’s four-part series also revealed the city had excessive overtime and travel expenses when compared with other cities the size of Mulberry, which has about 3,800 residents.

Since then, Satchel has revised worker schedules in public works and utilities. That has reduced overtime for the estimated 21 employees in those departments from about 150 hours every two weeks to about 25 hours, according to overtime reports. The city also abandoned its four-day work week and returned to five days in an effort to curb overtime.

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