Sandusky police say city manager Matt Kline was not the recipient of special treatment when he was issued a written note and not a ticket for parking in a handicapped parking spot.
Kline parked his Ford F-150 pickup truck in a handicapped spot Tuesday outside the City Service Building while attending the civil service hearing for fired police Chief Kim Nuesse.
Nuesse was fired in part for the voiding of a parking ticket issued to her.
"Absolutely not," acting Sandusky police chief Charlie Sams said when asked if Kline received a break from the cops.
Kline could not have been ticketed because the handicapped spot was not properly marked, Sams said. The spot was marked with faded paint and did not have a handicapped parking sign in front of it.
"I couldn't write anyone a ticket or a warning for parking in that spot the way it was marked," Sams said. "Period. Done."
Instead of writing a ticket or issuing a warning ticket, Officer Rob Gardin wrote a note on his business card and slipped it under the windshield wiper on Kline's truck. Gardin wrote the same note and placed it on two other vehicles also parked in handicapped spots.
The note told them that, in the future, it would be marked properly and you could not park there, Sams said. A handicap sign is now posted at the parking spots.
Sams took the situation seriously because he anticipated the Register would inquire about the incident, he said. He personally inspected the parking spots the day of the incident and also ordered photos taken of the parking spots.
When asked should Kline -- who fired Nuesse -- been issued a ticket in light of the fact Nuesse was fired in part because of parking ticket, Sams said: "I'm not commenting on the Kim Nuesse thing. Again, there was no violation."