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      City of Grand Island Reaches Settlement with Kortum Over Pension Agreement

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      A settlement has been agreed upon in the case of former Grand Island police chief Pete Kortumversus the city of Grand Island.

      The settlement comes after a year-long controversy overpensions for Grand Island police officers hired before 1984.

      According to state statute, pensions must be calculated with a gender neutral annuity table. Kortum's pension used a gender specific calculation.

      Kortum and the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission had filed the gender-bias lawsuit asking for $141,500, which included attorney fees.

      At just over $140,000, the terms of thesettlement also include the city of Grand Island being released of any claimsof discrimination and any other claims regarding Kortum's employment withthe city.

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