G.I. City Council pulls pension issue from agenda

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:18:22 CST

Because of absences, Grand Island City Council held off on making a decision Tuesday night on whether or not to reach a settlement with a former police captain over a pension problem.

At stake is paying former police captain and current Hastings Police Chief Pete Kortum $141,500.

Back in February, Grand Island City Council revised Kortum's pension payout. It was recalculated on a gender specific basis. The value of his pension dropped by over $91,000.

Kortum filed a complaint with the city in April, and in July the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined Captain Kortum was subjected to gender discrimination.

In November 2012, council member Chuck Haase discovered the city had been overpaying retired police officers since 2005 because it was using an incorrect formula. That's when the city recalculated Kortum's pension.

Tuesday's settlement vs. litigation discussion was pulled from the agenda and will be addressed again on Nov. 26.