Commissioners react to Nuesse report

Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



The investigative report is clear, but the outcome for Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse remains to be seen.

On Wednesday, the city released the more than 500-page investigative report prepared by Murman and Associates ofLakewood.

The report concluded Nuesse cannot return as chief of police.

The report said Nuesse would sacrifice public safety to advance her "personal agenda" and that deceit to advance her personal agenda was policy for Nuesse.

The report included testimony from more than 50 people, including current Sandusky police officers, who called into question Nuesse's truthfulness and decision-making ability.

City manager Matt Kline has not yet made a decision regarding Nuesse, but said the process will move forward as efficiently as possible.

Commissioner Brett Fuqua, liaison to the police department, said Thursday evening he'd read about a quarter of the report.

"It is interesting reading," Fuqua said. "It opened my eyes to a lot of things."

Fuqua said he hasn't spoken to Nuesse since she was placed on paid administrative leaveMarch 10.

Having read portions of the report, commissioner Julie Farrar said it appeared to her that the investigation was warranted, but it was ultimately not herdecision because Nuesse isKline's employee.

Commissioner Dan Kaman said he read the first 10-12 pages of the report.

"I don't need to read any more because it is ultimately Matt Kline's decision," Kaman said. "It is a sad time for the city ofSandusky."

Kaman said he hadn't talked to Kline or Nuesse since reading part of the report.

"I'm surprised by the whole thing," Kaman said.

Commissioner Dave Waddington said he hadn't yet read the report, but it reminded him of the novel "War and Peace."

Waddington said he was going to take the report with him to Cedar Point on Saturday and find a quiet bench to sit on while reading it.

"I think the document speaks for itself," commission president Dennis Murray Jr. said.

When asked whether he believed the report to be biased, Murray said there is a difference between a bias and arriving at a conclusion.

Commission vice president Craig Stahl said he read the entire report and said he believed the report can stand on its own merits.

"The report was written byprofessionals," Stahl said. "I will let it go at that."

Not everyone was convinced the report was accurate.

Sandusky resident SueDaugherty, who made it clear she was speaking only as anindividual, said she was skeptical of the report's executive summary as prepared by the investigators.

"It certainly can be said that the report is a mile wide, but it is about an inch deep," Daugherty said. "As I read it, it was very clear to me that this firm that did the investigation wanted to make a happy customer, and this is the result that we got."

Daugherty also asked commissioners if the Ohio AttorneyGeneral's office had been contacted to analyze the investigation as the commission had discussed at its last meeting.

She once again urgedcommissioners to receive further training on the roles of elected officials.