REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Crandall flees mess he helped make

The people elected him 2005, but now Sandusky city commissioner Brian Crandall says he will step down in June because he plans to mo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

The people elected him 2005, but now Sandusky city commissioner Brian Crandall says he will step down in June because he plans to move to Huron.

Crandall, who retired under disability from the Sandusky Fire Department, was ill-suited to be a leader and we can't say we are sad he's leaving. We're always somewhat uncomfortable when a government employee decides to seek elected office, and Crandall justifies that concern.

Unauthorized investigations of the Police Department and other city operations were a hallmark of his years on the commission. Crandall never hesitated to talk loudly about subjects he knew very little about.

Crandall was a catalyst behind the effort to oust police Chief Kim Nuesse.

He certainly was not alone among commissioners and city officials who participated in that ill-advised effort, but Crandall's clumsy approach likely will cost taxpayers thousands more before its all over.

He slinks away in the midst of a debacle he is, at least, partially responsible for creating, and blames the resulting heat in the kitchen for his hasty exit.

That's a cop-out. We look forward to the day when Crandall will no longer be at city hall.