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Saline Co. workers frustrated with not getting paid on time

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SALINE CO. -- Several Saline County employees showed up to work heated Thursday morning, after waking up and finding out they didn’t get paid on time. 

"I was told by one of our board members that it was a hornet’s nest today,” said Saline County Treasurer Jeff Murrie.

Murrie found himself in the same boat as dozens of other county employees, when he discovered his paycheck didn't make it into his bank account on time, setting off a domino effect in workers' finances.

“We had some that had to pick up some medication at noon and the money wasn’t in the bank so they could not pick up their medication," Murrie said.

Murrie said he and about 50-60 other county employees received their payments about twelve hours late. 

Legence Bank Operatons Department sent a letter to county employees describing a discrepancy in the way the bank received the payroll file from the Saline County Clerk’s Office.

“The bank didn’t realize that until yesterday evening that they didn’t receive it," Murrie said. 

The letter describes how the clerk’s office did not send the payroll file through the cash management system. Instead, they attached it to an email, which county workers call irregular. 

“It was a little bit of some issues on both ends," said Saline County Clerk Kim Buchanan, who also wasn't paid on time. "It was sent in a timely manner, for the employees to be paid."

Buchanan, who's come under fire for her management style, told News 3 she didn't go into the office during normal work hours Thursday to care for a sick family member. She added the chief deputy from her department, who sent the payroll file, was in the office.

We caught Buchanan as she entered the office around 5 p.m.

“The bank has ensured us that everything will be taken care of," Buchanan said. "We will increase our communication and whatever we need to do to make sure this doesn’t happen."

That’s something county workers, like Murrie, hope he and others can count on, so they can pay their bills on time.

“Maybe this is just a one-time deal, I’m hoping that’s all it is," Murrie said. "We survived it, we got by it, but it was really, really hectic this morning."

County leaders plan to follow up and keep a closer eye to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

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