The Grand Island City Council voted Tuesday to approve former GIPD Captain Pete Kortum's payout, but at the male-specific, not gender-neutral rate.
That drops the pension payout by nearly $90,000.
At Tuesday's council meeting, police pension committee members warned the council that they believe that move, among others, is illegal.
"For the last 60 to 90 days your city attorney has been telling you that there is no such ordinance current or ever enacted that allows oversight of the police pension committee when, in fact, 8413 does just that," said Jarret Daugherty, president of the local police union.
"I feel like we have taken the time to learn about it," said councilwoman Peg Gilbert. "I am comfortable with the direction we have given, however I understand why you especially pointed out the area that you could possibly be violating the law. You have dedicated your life to upholding the law."
The council postponed acting on the issue of what the police pension committee has the authority to do. That will be taken up at the city council meeting on February 26th.