Commissioners approve IMA investigation into Nuesse probe

SANDUSKY The investigators will be the investigated. City commissioners unanimously a
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

The investigators will be the investigated.

City commissioners unanimously approved an analysis of the ongoing police department investigation to be conducted by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance in conjunction with the Ohio Attorney General's office.

"It's about truth," commission president Dennis Murray Jr. said. Murray said this step is important for the community to begin a healing process.

Last week the ministerial alliance, led by former city commissioner and ex-officio mayor the Rev. Tom Darden, hosted a public meeting to address mounting concerns about the investigation of Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse. Nuesse has been on paid administrative leave since March 10.

Murray said Kline anticipates a decision by early next week as to whether disciplinary action will be pursued against Nuesse.

Commissioner Brett Fuqua said he has no issue with the involvement of the ministerial alliance, but rather he has an issue with micro-managing city employees.

"The who, what, why, when and where will come out in the report," Fuqua said.

The process of the investigation and whatever disciplinary action and appeals may come in its wake could take years to resolve, city law director Don Icsman said.

For some commissioners, the prospect of waiting years for answers was unacceptable.

Commissioner Dave Waddington said he believed the ministerial alliance was more concerned with how the process began rather than how it will eventually end.

"Who lit the first match?" Waddington said.

While an examination of this particular situation would have to come once the investigation and all subsequent actions or appeals have been resolved, administrative services director Warrenette Parthemore said it would be possible to examine the process itself through a quality improvement program without bringing in the details of this particular investigation.

Commissioners were not the only ones with opinions on the matter. Several citizens stood to voice their concerns as well.

Sandusky resident Mark Norman said the investigation has been flawed from the beginning.

The Rev. Dan Miller shared many of Norman's sentiments.

"From my perspective, there's been an injustice done," Miller said. "I'm telling myself now -- I don't want to live in my city anymore.

Miller insisted on complete transparency from the city government.

"There is very little trust in city government right now," said Sue Daugherty.

Daugherty once again suggested that all commissioners consider further training for elected officials.

Earlier in the meeting, Commissioner Dan Kaman presented information about a possible training opportunity in Cleveland.