Updated: Ard won't answer

Sandusky city manager suggests 'closed section' of her contract allows her to skip meetings. Read the contract here
Andy Ouriel
Jun 25, 2013

Sandusky’s top official flat out refused to give the seven city commissioners a clear explanation for why she missed an important finance meeting last week.

“I didn’t go to the meeting,” Ard said, responding to commissioner Diedre Cole’s question during a commission meeting Monday.

Ard was referring to her absence from Friday’s finance committee meeting.

Updated with link (click here) to review the city manager contract. 

“I would probably refer you to a closed section in my contract,” Ard said, about her right to skip the meeting. It’s unclear as to what section of her contract stipulates she can skip finance committee meetings.

Friday’s meeting proved important because members — consisting of certified public accountants who volunteer their services to the city — reviewed an audit detailing Sandusky’s recent revenues and expenses.

Ard is a voting member of the finance committee. The committee reviews fiscal challenges and contemplates suggestions as to how officials should set a budget.

Ex officio mayor John Hamilton also failed to attend. Hamilton, however, said he went to a Boy Scouts camp. “I should have given them more of a heads-up,” he said, about letting the committee know he would not attend.

Ard’s absence disappointed committee members.

“Show me in your contract where it says that,” finance committee chairman Allen Nickles said. “I’m speechless. Her response is an embarrassment and a slap in the face to the committee.

“She doesn’t want to go because we hold her feet to the fire,” Nickles said. 

Earlier this year, Nickles questioned a $16 million city operating budget finalized in April. Nickles said the income projections Ard used are way too optimistic.

Ard, the highest-paid city employee at about $126,000 a year, has not made any recommendations or suggestion to officials about balancing the budget if expenses trump income levels.

She did provide commissioners a list of potential cuts, including eliminating up to 27 city jobs, or about 10 percent of the city’s workforce. The cuts would total about $2.2 million in 2014.

She did not include a course of action or how the cuts could be implemented. That decision, she said, is for commissioners to make.



so our city manager skips a meeting on the city finances wow that is terrible i bet if it had to do with her pay she would of been there

Julie R.

Look at the bright side, Sanduskians. At least she doesn't have the power to forgive a county public official's $200K in back taxes. That's a plus in itself.



doggie mom

Fire her...she has not done a thing positive for this city!!!


Ard is very arrogant and a poor excuse for a city manager ! She is making over $1000,000 a year for doing what ? Just sayin' !

T. A. Schwanger


While the Charter Change Initiative Petition drive Move Sandusky Forward initiated last spring would not have been the complete cure all for inadequacies in Sandusky's government, it would have changed the way Sandusky chooses it's City Manager by voter election vs the current method of the City Manager simply appeasing 4 City Commissioners to keep his/her job.

I'm personally surprised the Finance Committee hasn't moved to disband or all resign their positions in response to the City's lackadaisical attitude toward the committee and its recommendations.


Really, Tim? Copying and pasting your own comments multiple places in the thread? And you asked if I'd join your group?

T. A. Schwanger



Aside from your issue with my comments appearing twice on this thread, how about sharing your personal wisdom and opinion on this subject.

doggie mom

Ms. Cole loves the sound of her own voice....


Thanks Matt! Read Section 9 - F3. If the lazy commissioners would start giving her evaluations about her lack of managing then they would have an out on paying her severance!


If I lived under the RECKONING of the SANDUSKY REGISTER and its Editor, I would be gone tooo looking for another job outside of Sandusky...I'm sure that is her goal! I don't blame her. He loved her oh not so long ago, but then the earth tilted on it's axis and now she is the NEW target!!


So where are the other police reports regarding your FAVE "SAGA" on here? Where are ALL the reports and the facts? If you want to be a real reporting newspaper...REPORT IT ALL!!


What concerns me the most is the arrogance of her answer when asked why she wasn't at the meeting. She simply said “I would probably refer you to a closed section in my contract?" Really? We pay her over $120,000 each year to manage this city and she owes answers.

There you go again

Can't you get better picture of Ard? Or is the best there is?!?!


Maybe the reason she didn't make it to the meeting was because she was listening to her voice mail messages from Yost.


...or maybe she was out to eat with Yost.

Julie R.

Off the topic here but is there any news yet on when the Clerk of Court is going to get records online?


The best question is: Why would we chase out a person that did love the city, was very intelligent, and worked hard for the city? WE MISS YOU, MIKE WILL!!!!