You get what you pay for.
You give someone $20,000 and change to come up with a report that justifies getting rid of someone you want to get rid of, and you get it.
You do for free, your own investigation and report that justifies keeping that person, you get it.
The fact is, anyone following the story of Sandusky's fired police chief, Kim Nuesse, is assumed to have an interest in how the story turns out. So no one believes what anyone has to say, and running out of arguments, you get personal.
We're long past the point where the expense of a guaranteed, outside, objective evaluation of the whole sordid story would look like an investment.
One thing has to be said for the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance report that largely supports Nuesse, though: It looks professional.
It's polished, considered, decently written, courageous yet measured in tone -- and concludes with a call forfairness.
By contrast, the pro job, the Murman and Associates report -- which cost nearly $23,000 -- looks like it was shoveled together by someone who never heard of spellcheck or even spelling, is laced with innuendo, hearsay, speculation, personal grudges -- and calls for termination.
We find it incomprehensible that city Manager Matt Kline based a key decision on such a looselyconstructed foundation.
If there is more to this story, it is past time to have given out those facts. We can only hope the IMA and the attorney general's office will step into this fray and find credible answers and determine the motivation for this mess, because a mess it is.
And an expensive one at that.