REGISTER VIEWPOINT: More costly waiting in Nuesse hearing

More waiting. How much will it cost? And why will it take three more months for Judge Joseph Cirigliano to decide what to rec
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

More waiting. How much will it cost?

And why will it take three more months for Judge Joseph Cirigliano to decide what to recommend to the Civil Service Commission in the case of fired Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse?

To be fair, it's not all on Cirigliano. Supposedly, it'll take a month for the court reporter to complete the transcript of the hearing, covering several days of testimony spaced out over three months -- the lawyers say it'll take until the end of May to submit their final written briefs.

And the lawyers say Cirigliano might not make his recommendation until the end of June.

Recommendation, mind you; not even a final decision. That rests with the city's Civil Service Commission, which can accept or reject Cirigliano's recommendation.

More waiting, at how many hundreds of dollars an hour -- $300 an hour in Cirigliano's case -- for a case that's already cost about $1 million. We don't know exactly how much, because the city says insurance will cover it. That's tax money which is somehow not the public's business because it's paid into a self-insurance fund and to a private insurer.

That's on top of the money paid Nuesse from the time she was put on paid leave until she was fired.

Cirigliano's retired. It's not like he has a pressing caseload.

All due speed, please.