G.I. City Council approves settlement offer for former police captain

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By News 5 Staff


Updated: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:07:47 CST

A settlement was reached Tuesday night between former Grand Island Police Capt. Pete Kortum and the city of Grand Island over his pension payout.

City Council approved the $141,500 settlement by a 6 to 1 vote. As part of the settlement, with city council approval the city is now free from future litigation from Kortum on the matter.

In February, Grand Island City Council revised Kortum's pension payout after it was recalculated on a gender-specific basis.

The value of his pension dropped by over $91,000, and Kortum, the current Hastings police chief, filed a complaint with the city in April.

In July, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined Kortum was subjected to gender discrimination.

One year ago, councilman Chuck Haase discovered the city had been overpaying retired police officers since 2005 because it was using an incorrect formula, at which time the city recalculated Kortum's pension.