Sedgwick County commissioners Kelly Parks and Karl Peterjohn defended their decision to ask an independent auditor to take a look at a problem county staff discovered about how EMS workers were paid.
The Eagle reported about the decision on Wednesday.
Other commissioners expressed frustration earlier in the week that they were not told that Parks and Peterjohn asked for the review, for which the county expects to be billed.
Parks said Wednesday it would be a "cold day down under" when he did not feel he could ask for an outside review as a public official.
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Peterjohn said he and Parks did not realize there would be a charge for the review and said the county's independent auditor had told the board several times to call anytime with questions.
Peterjohn said spending taxpayer money is important work and the problem uncovered raised enough questions to warrant an outside look.
County staff recently discovered, and reported, that EMS salaries had been calculated at a 40-hour work week instead of for 42 hours. Paramedics work 42-hour work weeks.
In past years, the discrepancy didn't cause problems because staff turnover absorbed the extra personnel costs.
But staff has estimated that the county's budget for paramedics' salaries will fall $300,000 short this year.