Chief Nuesse finds out who her friends are

Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Meet the Chief.

The words were written in thick black letters on a bright orange posterboard in the front window of 1016 Third St.

Inside the house, Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse smiled and thanked people who had come to offer her their support and a sympathetic smile. Most greeted her with a handshake, some embraced her.

"The turnout is indicative of the support and the confidence this community has," said Mark Norman, who hosted the event with Sue Daughtery at their Third Street home.

Nuesse has been on paid administrative leave since March 10 pending the results of a third-party investigation. According to city manager Matt Kline, the police department as a whole made a verbal complaint that Nuesse created a hostile work environment. Her "relationship to the truth" and decision-making skills were also called into question.

While residents from Sandusky and neighboring communities filtered in and out to share a handshake and conversation with Nuesse, most declined comment on the situation.

Retired Sandusky police officer Gary Frankowski, who attended the meet and greet Saturday, said he stands by the support he expressed for Nuesse in his recent letter to the Register but declined to make any additional comment.

"I'm anxious for the investigation to get over," said Commissioner Dan Kaman, who also stopped by the meet-and-greet Saturday.

Kaman said he still doesn't know what the investigation will determine, but he's hopeful Nuesse will be able to return to work.

The meet and greet was hosted by Sandusky residents Norman and Daugherty, who will also host a fundraising event for the Chief Nuesse Defense Fund from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Comfort Inn, 5909 U.S. 250, in Perkins Township. Food and beverages will be provided.

Donations will be accepted at the event or can be sent in advance to Mark Norman/Chief Nuesse Defense Fund, c/o 1016 Third St., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Norman said the event however isn't just about fundraising.

"It's just as important to show how much this community supports the chief," Norman said. "That's certainly what's at the heart of this."