Matt Kline said he still believes firing Kim Nuesse was the right thing to do.
On the final day of witnesses at the Nuesse Civil Service hearing Wednesday, city manager Kline reiterated his belief that he made the right decision.
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“Having heard all of the testimony and reviewed the exhibits, has anything you’ve heard caused you to reconsider your termination of Ms. Nuesse?” asked Margaret Cannon, one of the city’s lawyers.
“No ma’am,” Kline said, speaking in an unusually quiet voice. “It’s only solidified it. She wasn’t honest with me, and she wasn’t honest during these proceedings.”
Kline only took the stand for one minute Wednesday to answer that one question. After his answer, Nuesse’s lawyer, K. Ronald Bailey laughed and said he had no questions for Kline, and the hearing officer excused the witness, bringing an abrupt end to the hearing.
The city manager then quickly gathered his things and walked out of the building before anyone else. He didn’t stop to speak with anyone.
Attorneys on both sides will give their closing arguments at 10 a.m. today, hand in their final briefs on April 8 and then the hearing officer, Judge Joseph Cirigliano, will give his recommendation to the Civil Service Commission shortly thereafter.
On Wednesday, in addition to Kline, the city also recalled some of its other key witnesses to close its case.
Acting Sandusky police Chief Charlie Sams took the stand and said Nuesse lied during her testimony. He said he wasn’t in charge of overseeing warrants, which Nuesse had testified to. Sams said they had discussions about it, but nothing was ever made official.
To bolster Sams’ testimony, the city’s attorneys produced an evaluation of Sam’s job performance, which listed his job duties. Overseeing warrants wasn’t on there.
But Perkins Sgt. Vince Donald, who testified in this hearing and worked with the Sandusky Police Department on drug cases, said no matter what time of day it was, officers had to run their warrants by Sams.
He said before that policy was instituted, Sandusky occasionally had problems with warrants that were written while Sams wasn’t on duty. To remedy the problem, Sams had to look at all warrants, even if he wasn’t on duty.
Sandusky fire Chief Mike Meinzer also said Nuesse lied during her testimony.
Earlier this hearing, Nuesse testified Meinzer stopped working on a joint dispatch system between Sandusky and Perkins because of personal issues with former Perkins police Chief Tim McClung.
Meinzer said that wasn’t true.
“I have never had a personal problem with Tim McClung,” he said, while acknowledging other people have had problems with McClung.
Huron police Chief Randy Glovinsky, testifying by telephone, said acting police Chief Sams was one of the most trustworthy people he knew.
“He is one of the most honest people I’ve ever met,” Glovinsky said. “He’s a very hard worker. You can trust him when he tells you something.”
Glovinsky also said Erie County Sheriff Terry Lyons tried to cooperate with Nuesse, but Nuesse wouldn’t cooperate with him.
But in cross-examination, Bailey pointed out Glovinsky’s testimony from last August, when Glovinsky said Nuesse tried to incorporate Lyons at all times.
In cross-examination, Glovinsky also admitted to being “fairly close” with Lyons, and even better friends with Sams. But Glovinsky said that didn’t affect his testimony in any way.
Closing arguments are at 10 a.m. today at the General Services Building at 1024 Cement Ave. They are open to the public.