City won't interview Nuesse just yet

SANDUSKY Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse will not be interviewed by city investigators yet, accordi
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse will not be interviewed by city investigators yet, according to a ruling by Erie County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Binette.

A hearing was slated to take place Wednesday to determine if Nuesse should be allowed to have copies of records kept by investigators.

Instead, attorneys met behind closed doors.

The chief, wearing a gray suit, waited patiently for nearly two hours outside. Her pastor, Wally Gilbert of NorthPointe Baptist Church, came along in support.

"She has remained very strong, and she's a woman of character and integrity," he said. "When I think of someone I would trust ... she's the kind of person I would put that confidence in."

Other city employees including law director Don Icsman, director of administrative services Warrenette Parthemore, acting chief Charlie Sams and Det. Sgt. John Orzech, waited outside the courtroom but did not speak to Nuesse.

The hearing was scheduled after Nuesse filed a complaint against city officials last week. Her attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, asked the city for "copies of any and all reports or other documents generated in the ongoing investigation," court records state.

After hearing no response, Nuesse filed a petition for a court order requiring the city to release the documents.

During the Wednesday meeting attorneys decided to file their case arguments through court documents, said Margaret Anne Cannon, one of two attorneys representing the city on the civil matter.

Nuesse will not be interviewed by the city prior to the ruling, according to a court order signed by Binette. The cutoff for filings is April 29.

Nuesse has been on paid administrative leave since March 10 pending the results of a third-party investigation.

The police department as a whole made a verbal complaint Nuesse created a hostile work environment, city manager Matt Kline said previously. Her "relationship to the truth" and decision-making skills were also called into question.

Nuesse requested a temporary restraining order to halt the city's investigation until the judge decides if the documents should be handed over. An interview between investigators and Nuesse was scheduled last week and postponed when the complaint was filed.

According to letters to Bailey dated April 15, city attorneys are declining to hand over the documents. They allege "the records are currently protected from disclosure" under the Confidential Law Enforcement Investigatory Records portion of Ohio public records law.