FYI: Chief McClung could be headed for the door

PERKINS TWP. Attorneys met in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a mediation session in
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Attorneys met in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for a mediation session in a lawsuit filed by Perkins police Chief Tim McClung and police Lt. Al Matthews against the township and trustee Bill Dwelle.

And speculation was swirling Thursday at the Sandusky City Hall that McClung's tenure as chief could be coming to an end as a result of the mediation.

McClung and Matthews, who contend Dwelle created a hostile work environment by making numerous unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing, both declined comment.

Attorney William Smith Jr., who represents Dwelle and his wife, Sandy, said details of the mediation meeting are to be released soon. Sandy Dwelle also was named in the lawsuit.

"It'll be discussed at the township trustee meeting Tuesday evening," Smith said.

Dwelle said "it's going to be an interesting few days," and laughed when asked if there was any monetary settlement of the lawsuit planned.

"Everything is private and confidential," he said.

Trustee Jeff Ferrell said he was unaware of any developments.

"I know they had a meeting, but I don't know what came out of it."

Trustee Tim Coleman declined comment.

Read more in Friday's Register.