Board Chairman Brian Livingston says the period being examined by the Department of Administration covers about four months in late 2012 when the board worked long hours to clear a backlog of clemency case.
The board’s members were salaried and not entitled to overtime pay. But that changed in August 2012 when a state law classified them as hourly employees.
The Arizona Republic reports that board members thought they were exempt from overtime, but later found out they were eligible for additional pay and filed claims with the state.
The clemency board considers inmates’ requests for pardons and reprieves. Positive recommendations go to the governor.