Most checks delivered after payroll glitches in Detroit

Christine Ferretti, and Robert Snell

Detroit — City officials on Monday said a “very small number” of employees are still waiting for paychecks after glitches last week in Detroit’s payroll left about 1,600 workers without checks and others with accidental deductions.

Detroit Human Resources Director Denise Starr said most of the employees impacted received their checks on Friday, over the weekend or on Monday.

“We still have a few individuals who may not have their checks yet due to their check accidentally going to the incorrect department,” Starr said in a message provided to The Detroit News. “We are getting those to the individuals.”

The payroll problems impacted about 18 percent of the city’s 9,000 employees, including police officers. Late Friday, the city was working to distribute actual checks to workers.

About 275 workers, mostly police personnel, who have accounts at Bank of America, did not receive paychecks directly deposited into their accounts.

Dan Austin, a city spokesman, said Friday the problem appeared to have stemmed from a glitch in the city’s antiquated payroll system wiring money from Detroit’s accounts with Comerica Bank to Bank of America.

A second payroll problem involved accidentally deducting money from the paychecks of about 1,300 city workers. Those funds were being refunded Friday night, officials said.

Starr on Monday said the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology is working on what caused the direct deposit problem with Bank of America. The other issue with deductions was a “clerical error,” she added “and precautions and accountability have been put in place to prevent that in the future.”

The city emerged from bankruptcy in 2014 with plans to fix its 40-year-old payroll system. A new system is slated for 2017, Austin said Monday.