The allegations that Sandusky firefighters invoked a "code of silence" to protect troubled firefighter Todd Schoen are not going to go away. And whether that circle-the-wagons mentality and the frat boy attitude at the fire station warrants disciplinary action against department supervisors will be up to City Manager Matt Kline.
Kline must determine whether Schoen threatened to kill the fire chief and violated patient confidentiality regulations. If so, he must decide whether those violations warrant Schoen's termination from the force.
More importantly, perhaps, he must decide whether the atmosphere at the Fire Department warrants a shakeup in the leadership team. Is the present structure at the Fire Department lean and mean, or is it fraught with antiquated practices and union regulations that waste taxpayer money?
So this represents a first big test -- for Sandusky City Commissioners. Will they allow Kline to do the job he was hired to do, or will they micromanage this situation? That remains to be seen.
We urge city commissioners to let Kline do his job without undue or inappropriate influence from his "bosses."