Q Our interim police chief is in a salaried position and is on call 24 hours a day. He has accepted a position with a school district as a school resource officer and must be at school at specified times. May he hold both positions?

A A public employee cannot lawfully be paid by two public entities for the same hours worked. The chief may perform his duties as a school resource officer only during hours he is not on duty and being compensated as chief. However, an official on fixed salary and on call 24 hours a day, when not on duty, may work elsewhere, provided he fulfills all the duties of office and does not violate city policy. Whether or not dual work schedules could be constructed to accommodate the performance of both jobs without violating the stated prohibition is a question of fact that must be addressed by the governing authority. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Carnathan, August 30, 2019)