ATCEMS captain mistakenly overpaid for 8 months

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin-Travis County EMS Captain was mistakenly overpaid $12,000 for the past eight months, according to ATCEMS Chief of Staff James Shamad.

The City employee was promoted to captain in November 2013, but continued to work 48 hours a week, even though captain’s usually only work 40 hours a week.

According to Shamad, the payroll system didn’t catch the mistake so the employee was continuing to get paid an extra eight hours every week — at a higher pay rate — for the past eight months.

Last month, KXAN News reported on how one employee was overpaid by $200,000.

The City’s payroll department noticed the recent anomaly after doing a monthly check of the system. The recent check also revealed that another employee was being underpaid by $4,000.

The captain will have to pay back the $12,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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