Lebanon council investigates more than $12,000 in back payments to city workers

Resident Bill Eckert demanded aldermen answer why $12,253.60 was paid out to city workers with no council knowledge and no one claiming authorization for the checks. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

By Angela Simmons

LEBANON – The Lebanon City Council voted down a proposed AFSCME contract and is continuing their investigation into exactly how nine city employees were issued “back pay” in the total amount of $12,253.60 without contract approval. 

At the June 11 council meeting, Alderman Cheri Wright brought up the back pay as a rumor, and Street, Alley and Cemetery Superintendent Jody McNeese confirmed that some employees had indeed received the payments. Wright asked Alderman Al Gerdes to look into the payments, and his investigation led him to the city’s bookkeeper, Barb Cioni.

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