REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Exit McClung

And now let's just let one of these stories end. Perkins Township's former police chief, Tim McClung, scored a monetary settl
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

And now let's just let one of these stories end.

Perkins Township's former police chief, Tim McClung, scored a monetary settlement -- salary plus benefits plus a share of a cash settlement township trustees reached with him and police Lt. Al Matthews in a lawsuit against trustee Bill Dwelle -- and he leaves the chief's position he, McClung, has held for 12 years.

McClung, derided by many as an over-ambitious "cowboy cop" and lionized by others as the man who took Perkins Police from a small township constabulary to a 21st-century police force, says he just wants to go work his farm. He's also on record as saying he wouldn't have minded being a captain under Sandusky Police Chief Kim Nuesse, but no one's betting good money Kim Nuesse will return to that job.

So McClung rides off into the sunset, for now.

For the good of the police, for the good of the township, for the good of McClung, it's the best outcome.

And Bill Dwelle, who had McClung in his sights from the day he, Dwelle, was elected back into the trustee position he'd already held for years, got what he wanted -- a township entity that didn't challenge his authority.

Meanwhile, a new generation of leaders is reaching out to those in and around the township, to help it grow in a healthy fashion.

Your work here is done, Mr. Dwelle. That sunset's plenty big enough for two.