City updating human resources, payroll software

The city has approved a contract with an Indianapolis accounting firm and municipal adviser to upgrade its human resources and payroll software.

The Columbus Board of Works unanimously agreed to pay up to $50,000 to Umbaugh, which works with municipalities, utilities and schools in providing accounting services. Columbus has worked with the firm previously to assist with upgrades for its city finances, said Mary Ferdon, executive director of administration and community development.

Ferdon said the work by Umbaugh will allow the city to move away from paper for its human resources and payroll functions to an electronic form. She anticipates the work by the firm will take about six months to complete.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com