Riviera Beach officials admit employee to blame for pay delay

On Sept. 21, more than 500 Riviera Beach employees woke up to see they did not get paid. 

City officials and TD Bank officials worked quickly to rectify the situation.

That day city officials, including the finance director, were adamant it was not the city’s fault and instead said the bank was to blame. 

On Thursday that message seemed to change dramatically. 

In a statement, City Manager Karen Hoskins said city staff had completed its investigation and revealed a city employee, who is part of the team that transmits payroll information to the bank, had to update an important file. 

After that change, the file would have needed a second approval but that was not given, resulting in the delay in payroll. 

Public Information Officer Rose Anne Brown said at this point city officials are still looking into whether to take any disciplinary actions against that employee.

Hoskins said measures have been taken to make sure this error won’t happen again. 

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