City of Grand Island Reaches Settlement with Kortum Over Pension Agreement


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.