In a strong show of community support for Kim Nuesse, residents publicly criticized the city's actions against the fired police chief during Monday night's city commission meeting.
Resident Mark Norman called for city manager Matt Kline to resign. Norman said there was a "double standard" because Nuesse was placed on administrative leave for accusations, and Kline wasn't.
Sue Daugherty, another resident, said the city's investigation of Nuesse's sexual harassment claims "reeked of impropriety."
During his State of the City address last week, Kline said the city conducted its own investigation and concluded the accusations were "false and without merit."
The city's lawyer, Margaret Cannon, said the same thing in a press release earlier this month.
But Daugherty said she was concerned because Cannon conducted the investigation.
"That's a conflict of interest," Daugherty said. "(Cannon) is very motivated to make the city seem right and correct."
After several residents asked for a response, the city law director advised the commission not to comment on any pending litigation, including Nuesse's lawsuit. But that didn't stop residents from speaking out.
"If there was an investigation, how could the city commissioners not know about it?" asked Bob Zoellner, another resident.
He also said Kline made it public information by commenting on it in his State of the City address, and the city couldn't say it's privileged information sometimes while commenting on it on other occasions.
The audience of 20 erupted into applause when he finished speaking. But Zoellner received no answers.
After the meeting, city law director Don Icsman clarified the city did not conduct an investigation that was separate from the one detailed in the Murman Report.
He said Cannon instructed lead investigator Michael Murman to ask questions about the sexual harassment claims as he examined other allegations against Nuesse.
When asked how Kline and Cannon could comment on the results of the investigation if it was privileged, Icsman directed all questions to Cannon.