Matt Kline says he'll do it his way, in private.
That doesn't work too well here.
Sandusky's city manager, fresh out of the shipping crate, had to fight a fire in the fire department occasioned by threats allegedly made by firefighter Todd Schoen against Chief Mike Meinzer.
That investigation somehow turned into accusations against Meinzer and firefighters allegedly getting together to get their story straight. Schoen keeps his job with a "last chance agreement" and everyone gets to pretend things are just fine at the firehouse. Kline, meanwhile, says he'll run things his way and anything else that needs to be done will be done out of the public eye.
That'll do for some things, perhaps, but not very many things -- and certainly not this.
Aside from the fact this is a group of people we trust with our public safety and we ought to be concerned whether their way of blowing off steam crosses the line into a threat to safety (and the news on any given day ought to be reason enough to not just brush it off when someone says "I'm gonna shoot this place up"), closing the door on the public business is a bad move, especially in this town.
People here automatically distrust a closed door, especially if their tax money is spent behind it. And they're more and more likely to say something about it.
Say you'll do it your way, and it's none of our business and you might as well wave the red cape in front of the bull -- and we're not just talking about the newspaper.
Matt Kline's spent much of his public service career as an elected official. You'd think he'd understand that a little more intuitively.