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Fort Worth to Give UKG Payroll a Test Run

The city is working to increase payroll accuracy and improve time management for first responders.

Fort Worth will test Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) payroll to keep up with time, attendance and pay for its police officers and firefighters, according to a news release.

The City Council received a payroll update during its Feb. 6 meeting, according to documents.

Staff recommended that the city spend $365,000 in the course of five months to test the system and see if it meets city needs, according to the statement. Fort Worth has been assessing payroll and issues related to pay overages and shortages since 2021 and continues to adjust processes.

If the UKG system is approved and developed, full deployment is projected in May 2025 for the fire department and September 2025 for police.

Fort Worth budget documents indicate staffing levels of more than 2,400 employees in the police department and more than 1,100 in the fire department.
Rae D. DeShong is a Dallas-based staff writer and has written for The Dallas Morning News and worked as a community college administrator.