The City of Minden will begin paying lost wages and collecting overpayments made to employees of the police and fire departments.

The city council approved the measure in a special meeting earlier this week.

The move comes after an internal audit of the police and pay revealed numerous errors within the police officer and firemen’s pay.

The audit – which went back to 2006 – revealed that five officers’ raises were incorrectly calculated when they were promoted in November 2001. The error was discovered in January 2012 and officers paid back the funds monthly over a period of a year.

Also in the findings,



  1. “It’s all we have to go back according to the statute.” Really??? How about doing the right thing and paying the officers and firemen the money owed to them? I mean if the city can go back for years to collect money owed to the city then why not do the correct thing and pay the people the money that the city owes them too??? I see double standards here, in favor of the city.

  2. The fact that the statute only requires the city to correct only three years’ worth of mistakes in wage payment but is requiring an employee to pay back the entire amount owed by those same mistakes is not the issue at hand here. The right thing for the City of Minden to do is go back to the date of hire and give those employees the wages that they earned in service of this fine city. To duck behind a statute is what we expect our state and national politicians to do, not the men and women we trust with the managing of this city who we shop beside at Brookshire’s, eat beside in local restaurants and worship beside in our local churches. The city officials need to take the extra step and make it all right, not just the part that brings back wages incorrectly paid. Those men and women put their lives on the line everyday so we can sleep peacefully at night.

  3. Now if that had been you or I we would be locked up on a theft charge. The people receveing the overpayments KNEW they were overpaid and kept them anyway. Where is the higher standared they are to be held to? If took $1 that didn’t belong to me I would be up on murder charges.

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