The civil service commission voted Monday to bring in "legal expertise" to help decide the appeal filed by fired police chief Kim Nuesse.
Nuesse, Sandusky's first female police chief, was fired June 17 by city manager Matt Kline. Kline asserted Nuesse was dishonest, making her unfit to run the department. Nuesse has denied the charges.
After an executive session Monday morning,the commission voted to appoint a hearing officer for Nuesse's appeal. The city's department of administrative services will ask Joseph. E. Cirigliano and Richard B. McQuade Jr. to hear the case, commission member Janice Warner said. The two men were recommended by city law director Don Icsman, Warner said.
"We didn't feel, as the civil service commission, we had enough qualifications to hear the case," Warner said. The commission opted to seek out someone with "legal expertise," she said.
The hearing officer will make a recommendation to the commission after hearing the case, but the ultimate decision on how to handle Nuesse's appeal will be that of the civil service commission, Warner said.
The investigation and eventual firing of Nuesse has created a firestorm of controversy in Sandusky. The commission wants to do its part to settle the matter.
"It's a topic that the community is very interested in, and we need to expedite it so that we can do our part and move on," Warner said.
A hearing officer must hear the case within 30 days of June 20, said Warrenette Parthemore, director of the city's department of administrative services. That would set July 20 as the deadline for the hearing.