A group stepped up on Tuesday and with commanding voice said: Stop the madness.
The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance took a strong stand, demanding that Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse be reinstated to her job.
The IMA also carried a big stick: Do it now or a recall petition would be started to remove city commissioners Dennis Murray Jr., Craig Stahl and Brain Crandall.
There was nothing mean-spirited about the IMA's demand despite the apparent deceptions that have riddled the "integrity probe" of Chief Nuesse since it was launched city manager Matt Kline.
The Rev. Tom Darden, former ex-officio mayor of Sandusky and political director for the IMA, thoughtfully explained his concerns and those of his fellow ministers, and he took no joy in the path the IMA had chosen.
"The cost of this fiasco is expanding every day," he said, calling it "an unwise expenditure of tax dollars."
The Rev. Clyde Mayberry, IMA president also spoke on Tuesday and eloquently explained the dilemma and the need to bring the Sandusky community together.
We tip our hats to Darden and Mayberry, and all of the ministers who are members of the IMA. They showed by example civic responsibility rarely seen anywhere, and almost never seen here.
Commissioner Murray has asked the IMA whether it would consider taking on the responsibility to review the events that led to the investigation and determine whether it was appropriately launched, and whether it was fair and followed standard protocols.
It will be up to commissioners whether this is a good idea, but we agree with the IMA that the circumstances need to be carefully reviewed. Darden has the city government experience that might just fit the bill.
At this point we have more faith in the IMA than we do in the commission. If Darden and the IMA members agree to the task, we're hopeful it can be completed quickly and decisively.