Nuesse mulls next move

SANDUSKY Former police Chief Kim Nuesse is taking time to decide what her next move will be.
MIKE FITZPATRICK
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Former police Chief Kim Nuesse is taking time to decide what her next move will be.

Nuesse was fired Tuesday by city manager Matt Kline, who cited myriad reasons including "dishonest behavior."

Kline said his decision to fire Sandusky's first female chief was based on the findings of an investigative report compiled by Murman and Associates.

Nuesse contends the Murman report was biased and inaccurate. She called the effort to have her removed as chief a "mutiny" of officers in the department who she trusted and other high-ranking law officials in the county.

"I was surprised they would move forward on a flawed report," Nuesse said Wednesday.

Nuesse plans to confer with her attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, to determine her next move, which is likely some type of civil lawsuit.

"I know we are going to fight," she said.

Bailey, reached at a trial in Huron County, said he'll file an appeal with the Sandusky Civil Commission of Kline's decision to fire Nuesse in the "next few days."

So will the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, a community group that has been a vocal supporter of Nuesse.

The Rev. Tom Darden, the group's political chairman, said he expects the IMA will continue to support Nuesse.

"I still refer to her as the Chief," he said. "I'd imagine she plans to go forward with it. If she does, it would be my recommendation that we continue to support her."

Darden said he doubts the IMA will go forward with a proposed recall of city commissioners. He hinted the IMA could instead target Kline. Darden said Kline ignored a recent deadlocked vote of the city commission in which commissioners voted on whether to set aside the Murman report and have Kline and Nuesse iron out their differences behind closed doors.

"It doesn't seem he has compassion for the community," Darden said. "I think he's completely out of tune as far as I'm concerned."

Nuesse turned in her badge and gun when placed on paid administrative leave March 12 pending the results of an "integrity probe." The investigation has cost the city more than $44,000 in legal bills and Nuesse's salary.

"I don't feel it was legitimate at all," Nuesse said of the investigation. "There were no unions that brought all this forward, there were no complaints prior to this being launched."

When asked who she believed provided the most damaging testimony against her with Murman investigators, Nuesse pointed to assistant Chief Charlie Sams, Lt. Phil Frost and Lt. Chris Hofacker as well as Sheriff Terry Lyons and county prosecutor Kevin Baxter.

"I've never heard of a county prosecutor and a county sheriff being involved in any discipline involving a chief of police, especially a male chief of police," Nuesse said.