LOCAL VOICES: Political posturing holds Sandusky back

By MARK NORMAN Mr. Murray's, Mr. Stahl's, Mr. Kline's and Mr. Icsman's leadership fails Sandusky res
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

By MARK NORMAN

Mr. Murray's, Mr. Stahl's, Mr. Kline's and Mr. Icsman's leadership fails Sandusky residents and it is time for a dramatic change of direction. Mr. Murray's willful political posturing has resulted in a city in chaos.

How many more changes of administrator will we have to go through? How many more city departments will make it in the news? How many more hardworking employees and their families will be destroyed and at what financial costs to them and the city? How many projects will be over sold to the public then fail? How many more lawsuits will the city face by the end of the year?

Mr. Murray and Mr. Stahl live lives of privilege and live remotely from consequences of the city they work overtime to control. They are completely out of touch with the day to day concerns and hardships the majority of Sandusky residents face. I have personally experienced their arrogance and the contempt they have for residents like me.

Our community is in trouble and our leaders fail to understand the role they play in compounding the issues we face. They do not understand that Sandusky citizens aren't interested in Mr. Murray's grand schemes and political posturing. They do not understand residents are tired of the fighting, administration turn over and scandals that plague the news month after month. The leadership has made it dangerous to work for or serve public office. The citizens want a stable commission and administration that consistently and earnestly focuses its energy just on the public's best interest. Citizens want a commission and administration that focuses on strong management and oversight of city departments and employees, not a city administration stretched to the limit pursuing projects outside their expertise and that put the city at further risk.

Our commissioners were elected and administrators hired to serve the interest of the residents of this community. Each is accountable for their actions and inactions.

Commissioners, I believe in unions, but you were not elected to serve the unions' best interest. You took an oath to serve the community's best interests.

I am a lifelong Democrat, but I do not recognize your personal agendas and the wheeling and dealing that goes on in private as democratic.

You were not elected to serve an individual's or political party's agenda at the city, county, or state level or at the city's expense. You were elected to serve the community's best interests.

You were not elected to use your position as a tool to manipulate events and posture yourself for higher office. You were elected to serve the community's best interests.

You were not elected to use the city's staff and financial resources to build a case in order for you to personally avoid the consequences of your poor judgment. You were elected to serve the community's best interests.

I am asking the four commissioners not involved in the Chief Nuesse incident to show the leadership they were elected to provide by asking the commissioners and staff involved in the Nuesse events to step down from their positions and to ask for a truly independent outside investigator to sort out events and to determine who did what. Sandusky needs to resolve this matter, pay the consequences, regain some semblance of credibility and pride ... and move on.