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Published August 13, 2010, 08:02 AM

ND secretary of state defends overtime pay policy

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office's overtime expenses are up because there's more demand for services.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Secretary of State Al Jaeger says his office's overtime expenses are up because there's more demand for services.

Jaeger says business registrations and contractor licensing requests are up sharply. He says some overtime expense is also needed to oversee elections and regulate weekend fighting matches. The secretary of state also serves as North Dakota athletic commissioner.

The Republican incumbent is running for re-election this fall and Democratic challenger Corey Mock is questioning his office's spending on overtime.

Mock says the average amount of overtime per employee in Jaeger's office is almost double the average in other agencies. Mock says Jaeger's policies are wasteful and he should look into adding employees or using temporary workers.

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