REGISTER VIEWPOINT: End Nuesse mess, one way or other

We say let the hearings begin. The city already has been granted two delays for the start of civil service hearing re
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

We say let the hearings begin.

The city already has been granted two delays for the start of civil service hearing regarding fired Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse's termination.

The latest start date now is set for Oct. 13.

Nuesse was fired June 14 by city manager Matt Kline, who cited an investigative report by the Lakewood law firm Murman and Associates. The Murman report cited problems with Nuesse's leadership and her relationship with the truth.

Tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money already has been spent in this probe of Nuesse, and the only promise remaining is it will get a lot more expensive for taxpayers as the process moves forward.

The city has hired a Cuyahoga County attorney to present it's case against Nuesse and also is paying $300 per hour for the services of Joseph E. Cirigliano, a retired Lorain County judge, to act as hearing officer.

The Murman report has been roundly criticized from this corner, and others. A local ministers group said the Murman probe lacked "fundamental fairness."

Three city commissioners voted to dump the report and reinstate Nuesse. The vote was 3-3, however, prompting city commission to take no action. That vote was a sin of omission, and represents an indirect directive from city commissioners to continue spending tax money on a procedure that could have been handled internally and at a much lower cost to taxpayers.

Nuesse and her family have been waiting for more than eight months since this integrity probe was launched way back in February.

It's time to move forward and let the chips fall where they may. If the city wants to stand on the Murman report, then do so and let the public hearings begin.