Ard fires 2 cops; looks for new handler for 'Justice'

The following is a statement from Nicole Ard regarding her recent decision to dismiss two Sandusky police officers.
May 1, 2012

The following is a statement from Nicole Ard regarding her recent decision to dismiss two Sandusky police officers.

RE recent police personnel matter (Smith & Ritterbach)

"This was an unfortunate situation. I wish both gentlemen well in their future endeavors. The FOP Union representative has indicated that both former employees will be pursing arbitration of their April 27, 2012 dismissal. Out of respect to both men and their families, and the potential arbitration, additional comment regarding their employment or dismissal would not be appropriate. 

"The City and Police Department are moving forward.  Justice, our crime-fighting canine officer, will continue to be housed with a trainer. Originally purchased via grants and supported by community donations, Justice will be receiving on-going training to keep his skills sharp. Since Justice is extremely mission-oriented in finding drugs and criminals, and is not as friendly as other dogs, Justice cannot be adopted or "fostered" by a non-trained person.

"Existing staff will be evaluated for potential assignment as Justice's partner.  Once selected, the training is rigorous. Justice deserves the best as we use and continue to develop his skills to keep him, our staff, and our community safe. This will be Justice's third human partner. The City must provide Justice with a good partner and good quality of life in return for his service to the City. In the interim, K-9 support will continue to be offered by other agencies." 

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I am glad they were dismissed.  It is best they both go, as they obviously cannot control their emotions and have no business being in the work as police officers. 

It is unfortunate that the union will intercede on their behaves in any effort to restore them to their jobs.  This will just add more pain to an already painful situation for both officers and their families and involve the officers wife as well (she will obviously have to be involved). 

I think it a great disservice to the city of Sandusky that the Union would even consider and arbitration about this matter given what has happened.  If these men are smart, they will take their firings and leave the area to take jobs elsewhere.  Perhaps Ms Ard would be willing to write one or both a letter of recommedation for one of the men (if she can keep a straight face long enough) and be done with this mess. 

Other than that, I see no reason for the populus of this city to be burdened with a police officer with which any of us could have respect or honor after this little fiasco of events has come to light.  It would not be fair to the office either. 

This is one time the union should know they should cut bait rather than fish.  


Ms Ard...............look into your heart and listen to a lot of the people of this town.   PLEASE 

1.   Fire Sams and fire Lang.  (Move the Lt. into the interm chief's job.) 

2. Call Nussee and get her back here pronto.   She already is familiar with the department.  (Offer her a settlement equal to 1/2 of what we owe her paid over the next five years in addition to the chiefs salary.)

3.   Hire some of your part time police officers and make them full time or whatever Nussee wants 

4.   Speak up more often at the Commission meetings.  we want to hear YOUR voice.  

Your yard looks're takng really good care of it.     A neighbor!!!!      

Armand Gravel

It would be refreshing to pick up The Register and not have to read about the inappropriate conduct of its police officers. Where are they doing their recruiting????


You wouldn't believe how often this has happen in the work place, in two instances, all 3 worked together husband and wife and a 3rd individual (also married), man the drama and problems it brings to the work place along with the danger when the husband finds out. The afore mentioned was just where all 3 worked together, not the other affairs going on at work, and the mess they cause when one of the parties decised to move on or break it off, then all of a sudden it's sexual harrassment time, it becomes very ugly indeed and the company has to deal with it.


Good organizations do not  hire husband & wife.          However some do marry after being hired; & yes things get tricky.


The dismissals happened three days ago and the city is just now getting around to announcing it to the public?  I like how the city announces it very late in the day so they don't have to field calls.  

Uncommon Sense

And so begins the learning process of another city manager.  They'll be back after the arbitrator restores them to their positions.  In the meantime, Sandusky would be better off to just contract with the sheriff for law enforcement in the city.  SPD is going to be out of officers soon at the rate they terminate.  It also makes you wonder what the real problem is:  The officers or do the brass just want too much control and too much perfection out of humans?


Either retire the poor dog, or give him back to the previous handler. Justice has to be soo mixed up by now that he can't see straight. The city also better look to hiring some cops fast. They have to be about 7 short now.

Sue Meredith

I'm shocked the SR hasn't been blamed for this yet.


I read your comment that the city may be around 7 officers short now....but, who would want to commit career suicide and work for the city.  Don't get me wrong, Sandusky police is a good department, from what I can see with the current political climate I don't know any officers that would want to take that chance.  It's almost to the point where they are getting in trouble for doing their jobs.  The register wants to plaster the officers over the front page and keep it running for weeks on end.  Have some respect for the officers that are out there 24 hours a day that will take a bullet for you.  

The canine should probably be retired and get a new dog, it's not good to keep switching handlers like Sandusky has been doing.

Just my 2 cents


Either retire the poor dog, or give him back to the previous handler. Justice has to be soo mixed up by now that he can't see straight. The city also better look to hiring some cops fast. They have to be about 7 short now.



Kottage Kat

Who got fired? I do not plan to waste my money to buy a paper. Thank you.  Kat


Perspective - "its almost to the point where they are getting in trouble for just doing their jobs."  Seriously, give me one example of this happening.  Or "almost" happening.




This is long overdue.  The police like any other employee has to do the job they have sworn to do.  It is not their job to take a bullet for you and I doubt they will.  The SR is a newspaper just doing it's job when it prints these stories.  I hope more removals are forthcoming. 


Get Nuesse back?  You cant have a leader the troops wont respect!  Respect is earned and cannot be demanded from a leader.  The committee will find a good fit for a Police Chief.  Give them a chance!


@chriscraftseahag.......but the NEW one is going to get 'instant" respect, right?  How does that work?  If you brought Nussee back, wouldn't she be able to get the chance to "earn" the respect if given the chance?  With the "group" gone, perhaps she would now, wouldn't she? 

I would think the committee might take into consideration what some of the residents think as well, wouldn't they?  Or don't they care what the residnts think any more than the commissioner do? 

I take it you must be on that committee?


Where is the e-paper???  Monday's paper is still up on line instead of Tuesday's e- paper paper.



 Thank you for your disrespect to the law enforcement community....Did you forget Andy Dunn already? It is law enforcements job to "take a bullet for you"

why don't you go through 6 months of rigorous para-military training, put on some uncomfortable hot body armor, strap a pistol to your side, hang a shield from your chest, and go out to deal with the death,despair, and destruction they deal with everyday.  Try doing a death notification, or chasing after a criminal with a gun, jumping fences in 25 pounds of extra gear, and completing the pile of paperwork that needs done before the end of your shift.  

The fact is these officers are doing this everyday, and you take them for granted.  I already know what your going to say (those officers chose that career field, if they don't like it they can leave) your right.....but then, whose going to do the


This is long overdue.  The police like any other employee has to do the job they have sworn to do.  It is not their job to take a bullet for you and I doubt they will.  The SR is a newspaper just doing it's job when it prints these stories.  I hope more removals are forthcoming. 


"Who got fired? I do not plan to waste my money to buy a paper. Thank you. Kat"  RE recent police personnel matter (Smith & Ritterbach)

Kottage Kat


Thank you for the information.    Kat


@Frugalspender.....I think, besides the two cops and then the young one, they were talking about a married couple at someone's workplace having an affair.  They got fired. 

Hey, thanks for the post, too, about the kid.  Appreciated it. 


Interesting how so many people have "expert opinions" on who and what a Police Officer should be?Even to the point where there is "doubt" that they would take a bullet???Like they really have a choice there??Police Officers are human,make mistakes, and have family problems like anyone else. Only difference is these officers are willing to give their lives for complete strangers.These experts on here have the answers? World problems solved if we would all just listen????????????????


Sad ending.  It would be nice to not see the 2 men drug through the public streets anymore.  If you do, why isn't she being drug through as well?  Why isn't she being ripped to pieces and judged?  Afterall ~ what does she do for a living?  What are the moral and professional expectations of her job?

As for Justice, as sad as it is, he will be fine.  As stated, he'll continue to be worked till he finds what will hopefully be a permanent handler.  A working dog like that isn't like Fido that lays on your bed.  A dog like that simply wants to work and are extremely work/reward driven.  He doesn't care who his partner is so long as the partner can work with him and he can trust the partner to handle him in a way that he gets his reward.  Good Luck Justice as you are the true hero here. 


@ perspective

You are welcome!   The extra 25lbs. is not gear, it's beer and doughtnuts.  Paramilitary?????   LOL!

Tru Grit

Nice looks like two more morons off the streets. Good to know goodto know. Now lets get some new fresh cops out there and get the repuation back that the cops are "all" good and none of them are drunk driving, wife banging morons, a guy who threatens black guys minding their business, and the idiot that are in charge of them. That is the bigger story how can a chief and his cronnies sleep at night knowing all the jack a$$ idiots under them.

@chriscraftseahag- Earning respect is one thing, getting it is another. I am sure she wouldn't have any problem regaining her respect. All the cops fired in the last few months were probably the ones behind her being pushed out.


@been-there-done-that, No offense we all get that they are human, make mistakes and have issues. Leave it at the door like everyone else does when they come to work. Stop making excuses for your buddies being morons and not being man enough to own up to their choices.



She is a nurse at Firelands Hospital.


Yes she is.  And I was told that her profession didn't matter because our tax dollars don't pay her wages?  Well.........when someone goes to the ER for a "headache" or the results of a knife fight and they're a resident of "the system" tax dollars are paying her wage!



Laugh all you want, make your snide remarks at the day you will need them and believe it or not, they will be there for you, extra pounds of doughnuts and all....  and just remember this wonderful conversation....then hang your head in shame


capital city perspective 


Agree with Uncommon Sense - the arbitrator will rule on the side of the union & the officers, and they'll be reinstated with back pay.

I'm just wondering why the SPD is so different than the Huron, Castalia, or Perkins Township polices forces.  Why are no scandals like this occurring in these precincts?  Or is the Sandusky Register just not willing to put these other departments under the microscope the way they do the SPD?

Just some food for thought.


So wazzup with the pill-peddling nurse? Charges pending? What about her "patients" (i.e., customers?)



@been there done that and perspective.......

ok, you think all of us out here are such 'experts" on the police and our opinions don't count.  We are on the outside of your 'thin blue line' and we are looking in.  We see what goes on and we all wondering  what is up with your department.  We wonder why the scandals?  We wonder why your little group of guys are acting so idiotic and childish?  Why they get drunk and act like fools ?   No sir, we don't have all the answers, but we can't help but wonder why we are putting out trust in these guys when we depend on them to protect us?  We expect them to act BETTER than us and find out they act WORSE than most of us.  Yeah, we are more than a little upset over that.  We expect them to be BETTER than us.  We expect them to act like dignified, qualified people.  When they are hired, we expect them and the people who hire them to be HONEST and ABOVE BOARD.  We do NOT expect them to be liars and cover up things they do.  We don't expect them to try and pull the wool over their eyes.  We don't expect them to go on drunken binges and blame other people for things they do not do. 

And while I am at it, it is as disgrace that you would even MENTION that ANYONE in this community has forgetten what happened to Andrew Dunn.  How dare you, sir.  How dare you even use his name in that fashion.  How dare you even expect anyone in this community forget the sacrifice that young man made in his duty to this community.  Don't use his name to make someone else feel bad.  The SPD isn't the only part of this community that suffered a lose.  So don't think the SPD has a corner on the market for grief where Andrew Dunn is concerned.  This enter thing with the SPD has NOTHING to do with him at all.....thank God for small miracles.