FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of Fort Worth city employees were supposed to be paid Thursday night, but they weren’t. City officials are now scrambling to fix what they are calling an “administrative error.”

City spokesman Bill Begley said corrective measures are underway. “Steps to do that we’re taking this morning. So the funds will be deposited into all accounts.”

The error went pretty much unknown until some employees discovered their automatic paycheck deposits didn’t show up Thursday evening.

Given that so many people work for the city and none of them are issued paper checks, Begley said the problem would take a little while to fix. “There are more than 6,500 full-time employees with the City of Fort Worth, so that’s a sizable number, which explains why it will take some time since the paperwork really didn’t get started until this morning.”

When questioned how such an error could happen Begley said, “The steps necessary to release the city’s payroll weren’t authorized Thursday night, like they normally are.”

Right now, city officials are asking employees to take some extra steps and to not assume their bank accounts have a certain balance. “What we’re asking employees to do is it to verify their accounts before they write any checks, make sure that that money has been posted to their account,” Begley urged.

In addition to correcting the error Begley said the city is thoroughly checking to find out what went wrong. “Right now we’re investigating this to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” he said. “We’re apologizing to our employees. We regret the oversight and we’re doing everything we can to prevent anything like this happening again.”

Expressing frustration Begley asked that employees be patient and know that, “we’re doing everything we can to fix it.”

Most employees should have their paycheck Friday, but some could be delayed until Monday.

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