The Oklahoma City Council agreed Tuesday to settle the life insurance claim filed by the widow of police recruit Kelley Chase, who died after a training accident.
The city will pay $25,000 to Elke Meeus and her children.
Chase, 38, died Oct. 13, 2012, of head injuries suffered during a training exercise at the police academy. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he had completed 20 weeks of the 26-week course.
Meeus filed a claim against the city earlier this year, saying she and her two children were improperly denied $41,000 in life insurance benefits.
She said her husband opted for $122,000 worth of supplemental life insurance coverage — three times his annual salary — when he joined his recruit class in May 2012.
The insurance company agreed to pay $81,000, double Chase's salary.
Meeus said paperwork was mishandled by the city or the insurance company.
In a memo to the city council, city attorney Ken Jordan said there was no documentation that the city mailed Chase a form required to qualify for life insurance at three times his salary.
Records showed the forms were mailed to other recruits.
The $25,000 settlement is the maximum allowed under state law, Jordan wrote.