REGISTER VIEWPOINT: The facts -- but whose? -- in Nuesse investigation

We still say the Sandusky ministers are stand-up guys for stepping into the Chief Nuesse fray, but we'd better be careful to not mak
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We still say the Sandusky ministers are stand-up guys for stepping into the Chief Nuesse fray, but we'd better be careful to not make more of this "investigation" than it is.

Ex officio Mayor Dennis Murray Jr., faced with threat of a recall of himself and commissioners Craig Stahl and Brian Crandall, managed to deflect some criticism by asking the Inderdenonimational Ministerial Alliance to look into the motivations behind the investigation of police Chief Kim Nuesse.

Alliance spokesman Thom Darden, himself a former city commissioner and ex officio mayor, said the IMA will look into Murray's request this week.

However, Darden may have tipped IMA's hand by noting all the IMA really wants is Nuesse back in her job.

That's certainly motivated by the fact Nuesse talked with the IMA three times after becoming chief -- was it really only less than two years ago? -- so the IMA is predisposed to be on Nuesse's side.

Fair enough. As we said, the cards are face-up on the table, at least on the IMA's side.

The predisposition toward Nuesse certainly calls into question the impartiality of any investigation the IMA might agree to do, but this situation has deteriorated to the point where Darden gets props for being up front about what the IMA wants.

Should the IMA investigate, it would be well for all of us to keep what Darden said in mind in evaluating whatever the ministers uncover and present to us, but at least we know to have it in mind.

We still don't know why the city commissioners want Nuesse investigated, and according Nuesse and her lawyer, K. Ronald Bailey, she doesn't either.

If that's true, she at least deserves to know what she's accused of, aside from some nebulous offenses "of a criminal nature." As we've said before, we expect anyone under investigation by the police to be able to know that, and it's only fair she knows, too.

Right now, it looks like the IMA is Sandusky's best hope for finding out what's going on.