The investigation into city of Peru payroll irregularities is expected to wrap up this week, city clerk Dave Bartley said at Monday’s council meeting.
Retired Judge William Balestri, hired by the city in November to investigate evidence of improper employee compensation, will deliver sealed copies of his final report to aldermen by Wednesday, Bartley said.
Following the council meeting, Bartley said that once aldermen read the report they will likely enter it into the public record at an upcoming meeting.
Last fall an employee discovered irregularities in this employee’s pay and alerted a department head, who notified the human resources director and Bartley, leading to a review of time sheets. At least one employee regularly received overtime pay last year not covered by the city’s wage ordinance or its collective bargaining agreement with organized labor at the time, as explained at a recent council meeting.
The council, upon learning of the issue, agreed to hire Balestri.