Murray: Investigation is by the book

"Any false statement, if frequently repeated, carries the risk of being perceived as the truth." (author unknown)
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

"Any false statement, if frequently repeated, carries the risk of being perceived as the truth." (author unknown)

On Feb. 26, at the request of the Sandusky Fire Chief, I and several others participated in a meeting called solely to review issues about dispatch. During the years I have been privileged to serve, I have attended many meetings requested by city officers and department heads. These meetings are essential to my job as assisting in formulating city policy.

On March 10, approximately two weeks after the fire chief's meeting, and as a completely separate issue, City Manager Matt Kline concluded it was necessary for him to conduct an investigation as to conduct of the police chief. The police chief issue was unrelated to the dispatch issue.

I first learned of the police chief investigation when the city manager announced this fact to the public. Under our city charter, only the city manager should or could start an investigation.

Our city commission has been very transparent, making unprecedented amounts of information available in person and on the Internet. In keeping with that spirit, shortly after the Feb. 26 meeting, I answered more than an hour of your editors' and reporters' questions about the dispatch meeting, during which I fully explained the facts above.

Only one police chief investigation has ever been conducted. It was started and is being conducted by the city's manager. Fairness to the city manager, the police chief and especially to the fine members of the police department dictates this investigation proceeds to an orderly conclusion -- regardless of the conclusion. We should never short-circuit a need to uncover truth in government. It does cost valuable taxpayer money. But the alternative is government without discipline, answerability, or regard for the law of the people.

Dennis Murray Jr.

Sandusky City Commissioner