Kline reacts to firefighter's letter

SANDUSKY A report submitted to city officials from a soon-to-be retired Sandusky Fire Department lie
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

A report submitted to city officials from a soon-to-be retired Sandusky Fire Department lieutenant continues to spark heated debate.

At Monday night's Sandusky City Commission meeting, City Manager Matt Kline said he felt compelled to address the report, which alleges persistent misconduct among Sandusky firefighters.

"I personally have not read the letter ... as of right now I don't plan on reading the letter," Kline said.

Harold Roane's nine-page report relates how one firefighter struggled with anger management and other issues for years as his coworkers and superiors taunted him.

It also details what Roane calls the "code of silence" among fellow firefighters and a coordinated cover-up after firefighter Todd Schoen was brought up on charges for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill Sandusky fire Chief Mike Meinzer.

Kline said the accusations made in the report will "hold no water in terms of managing the department."

Copies of the report were distributed to Kline, Director of Administrative Services Warrenette Parthemore, Sandusky police Lt. Mike Campbell and Meinzer.

Last week, Kline said it is apparent from the Schoen investigation that a review of the Sandusky Fire Department's leadership and management is necessary.

Kline said it his intention to lead professionally and progressively, not reactively. He said decisions will not be based on false accusations, false comments, or 20-year-old critiques.

"(Meinzer) has my full support, as do all of the firemen," Kline said.