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UPDATED: Ard to get review, again

Register • Oct 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

City commission is poised to approve a performance review for city manager Nicole Ard today, two days after Ard refused to discuss it with them in a closed-door session Tuesday.

This final performance review, pregnant with controversy, comes 10 months after its original due date.

Click the photo to read her review. Get Thursday's Register for reaction from commissioners Keith Grohe, Diedre Cole and ex-officio mayor John Hamilton. Click here for the ePaper, for home delivery or buy the Register daily at a newsstand near you.

Reporter Andy Ouriel called Ard on Wednesday evening, and she responded with an email received after the print deadline. Her email is copied below: 


From: "N.Ard"

Date: October 16, 2013 9:21:58 PM EDT

To: Andy Ouriel , John Hamilton , Diedre Cole , Keith Grohe , Julie Farrar , Pervis Brown , Jeff Smith , Wesley Poole , mattwesterhold@sanduskyregister.com


Subject: Phone message


Mr. Ouriel,


Regarding the voice mail that you left tonight seeking discussion regarding my performance evaluation, I'm just getting home from church but want to respond by noting as I have previously communicated to both you and Mr. Westerhold, I fully respect the evaluation process detailed in my employment agreement. The City and I agreed that I will have adequate opportunity to discuss my evaluation with the Commission and respond to any final evaluation. I also agreed to conduct these evaluation proceedings in closed/Executive Sessions. The City Manager evaluation process is ongoing, and I want to respect the process to which we agreed.


As always, I look forward to continuing my work with the Commissioners to keep Sandusky a great community in which to live and work.


Thank you, 




WHAT: Special commission meeting to approve Ard performance review

WHEN: 5 p.m. today

WHERE: City Hall, 222 Meigs Street

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