Even though a court ruled she's no longer the police chief, the battle between the Sandusky Police Department and Kim Nuesse continues.
The Fraternal Order of Police wrote a letter to interim city manager Don Icsman last week, asking that Nuesse no longer be allowed to vote on or discuss police issues without a ruling by the Ohio Ethics Commission.
On Sunday, Icsman called parts of the letter "inappropriate" and said he would not comply with it.
"I respect them, and I respect what they do, but I don't see anything that applies to the state's ethics laws," said Icsman, who is also the city's long-time law director.
The Register was unable to obtain a copy of the letter because city offices were closed during the weekend.
But city officials described the letter as an attack on Nuesse, insinuating she had a plan to hurt the Sandusky Police Department.
The letter only contained "innuendo" and "speculation," officials said, and the city would need proof to act on such a complaint.
Nuesse hasn't approached the line in terms of violating any ethics rules, Icsman said.
He also received a second opinion from a labor-law expert Marc Fishel of Columbus, who agreed with Icsman.
Nuesse, the former police chief and current city commissioner, expressed frustration with the request, since Icsman already answered these questions during a public meeting.
Nuesse said one question was understandable, but repeated demands cross the line.
"At what point do they approach intimidating a public official?" Nuesse asked.
Icsman said it hadn't reached that point.
Nuesse pointed out that the public knew her situation as former police chief before the election and still gave her more votes than any of the other candidates.
Icsman said Nuesse's knowledge of police and safety service issues may have even contributed to her being elected.
He likened the situation to someone getting elected because they have a business background: Voters often elect those people so they can contribute their specific expertise to city commission discussions.
The union's letter also said the forthcoming safety services analysis by the International City/County Management Association should have been bid out, city officials said.
Icsman said that's not true, however, since the ICMA provides a specialized service.
What: City commission meeting.
When: Tonight at 5 p.m.
Where: Sandusky City Hall, 222 Meigs St.