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Integrity probe subject to interpretation

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

So Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse and her attorney want some documentation about the allegations against her.

The nerve.

We’ve been asking for that documentation, too -- specifically the notes commissioner Brian Crandall used to grill Nuesse during the Feb. 26 ambush meeting. That’s the meeting where the former firefighter interrogated Nuesse in his certain style while commissioners Dennis Murray Jr. and Craig Stahl, and fire Chief Mike Meinzer and city manager Matt Kline sat idly by.

But city law director Don Icsman contends those notes are not public record, which flies in the face of the legal advice I have been given.

“Personal notes are not public record,” Icsman told me.

But those notes, on a yellow legal pad, are public record if they deal in any way with city business. Icsman said he had not even reviewed the notes since we made a public records request for them, so I just don’t understand how he could make that determination.

And it still baffles me that Kline launched this “integrity probe” of Chief Nuesse with more than a few lies. The one that stands out is his assertion “the entire police department” complained about Nuesse. It’s just not true.

Icsman didn’t seem too concerned, however, and when I asked about Kline’s “entire police department” assertion. That’s subject to interpretation, he said.

“Don, what other interpretation can one make?”

And so it goes... the bogus investigation continues. I hope Nuesse and her attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, get the documents they want. But with Crandall slinking away to Huron soon, I doubt we’ll ever see that public record.

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