NILES - Council president Robert Marino is demanding answers from the city auditor's office after some city employees failed to receive direct deposit of their payroll checks Friday.
Marino said he began receiving calls from concerned city workers early in the day Friday.
"I immediately reached out to the service director and he said they're working on it," Marino said. "By about 3:30 p.m., I was still getting calls and I, again, was told they were working on it."
Reports estimate about 200 city employees did not receive their scheduled deposits due to what the auditor called a "glitch" in the system.
The city was cutting paper payroll checks for those who did not receive their direct deposits, reports said, but it was unclear late Friday if all payroll obligations had been met. City council members Edward Stredney and Reggie Giancola Jr. reached late Friday also said they could provide few details of the problem or whether some employees' paychecks were still outstanding.
Marino said regardless of the details, the responsibility falls on city Auditor Chuck Nader's shoulders.
"He needs to provide a full, detailed explanation not only to city employees, but to city council, explaining what happened, why it happened and how he - as our auditor - will prevent it from ever happening again," Marino said firmly. "As an elected official, he has a responsibility to live up to. This is his responsibility."
Attempts to reach Nader after hours Friday evening were not successful.
"When you work an honest day, you expect an honest day's pay," Marino concluded. "It's simply unacceptable."