GI City Council Tables Resolution In Regards Kortum's Pension Settlement

With the urging of the city attorney and the action of Mayor Jay Vavricek, the Grand Island City Council tabled a resolution that would have approved a settlement agreement between the city and former GI Police Captain Pete Kortum.


City Attorney Bob Sivick advised the council to table the resolution because a number of council members did not attend last night's meeting and that they should be on hand in regards to this decision. Only five of the nine current council members were in attendance.


Despite the vote, City Council members Peg Gilbert and Chuck Haase were unsure whether the Mayor had the authority to do such an action. Sivick then confirmed it was up the chair of the council, which was Mayor Vavricek.


According to agenda, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Kortum was subjected to gender discrimination in regards to his pension calculations.


After the commission's ruling earlier this year: city legal officials, federal officials and Kortum's attorney have agreed on a settlement of over $141,000.


The issue will be taken up in two weeks by the city council.

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