FLORENCE — A Pinal County sheriff’s deputy submitted up to 48 hours of overtime in one pay period in addition to multiple other instances of extra hours, records show.

Deputy Jeffrey McElwain’s time cards for the past three months show he turned in a high number of hours worked, according to records reviewed by PinalCentral.

Records show McElwain submitted hours well in excess of the standard 80-hours per two-week period. Some of the hours were attributed to his work with a reality television show; others were marked for Project Stonegarden, a federally funded grant program that gives law enforcement agencies money for drug interdiction programs.

On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to end that county’s agreement with Operation Stonegarden.

McElwain’s best known for his role on the reality television show “Live PD,” which followed Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies on the job. The show recently ended its run with PCSO; the department said the separation is due to contractual obligations the show’s producers had with an agency in Texas.

PinalCentral requested three months of time cards, from May through July. Over those three months, McElwain turned in time cards with 123, 119, 128, 126, 126 and 98.5 hours per two-week period.

As of 2017, McElwain made $23.34 per hour.

PCSO spokeswoman Navideh Forghani declined to respond to specific questions about McElwain’s time cards, saying the department could not comment because of an ongoing internal investigation. PinalCentral learned that McElwain is the subject of an investigation into the time cards, although Forghani declined to confirm or deny that allegation.

During a previous interview, Sheriff Mark Lamb said deputies often have overtime because of the time it takes to write reports and do follow-up work on cases.

In August, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent in Casa Grande pleaded guilty to falsifying time cards and is required to pay back more than $6,000 he took from receiving the extra pay. He also was required to resign.

McElwain remains on duty, Forghani said.

McElwain recently received an award from Rural Metro Fire Department in San Tan Valley for his efforts in saving the life of a 16-month-old boy after administering CPR on the child in July 2017.


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