VINELAND — City Council members said Tuesday that they opted to sue Mayor Ruben Bermudez out of frustration with his plan to rehire former Police Department Detective Gamaliel “Gami” Cruz.

City Council President Anthony Fanucci said the lawsuit followed Bermudez’s rejection of the panel’s opposition to a process that could result in Cruz’s returning to duty.

“We asked him a number of times to work it out,” Fanucci said of rehiring Cruz. “We knew this would be an option.”