Police chief fought, won

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

Kim Nuesse’s not the only police chief fighting gender bias. In Youngtown, Ariz., an arbitrator ordered police Chief Kimberly Johnson reinstated, dismissing complaints from her subordinates that she “created a hostile work environment.”

The Nov. 14 article in the Daily News-Sun detailing the developments did not say if Johnson was “super crazy,” but the whine from her officers had a familiar ring.

“She was really mean to us and made us work really hard,” the big burly Youngtown police officers said.

The similarities between the witch hunt targeting Sandusky police Chief Kimberly Nuesse and Youngtown's Kimberly Johnson are eerie, and disturbing. Some male police officers are just so delicate -- especially those “elite commanders.”

But there are stark contrasts. The city of Youngtown spent just over $12,000 on a review conducted by a human resources firm. The city of Sandusky has spent upwards of $200,000 on Nuessegate.

The firm hired by Youngtown did indeed find that a hostile work environment existed: The hostility was created by the complaining officers protecting their comfort zones.

Comments

Anonymous

Has nothing to do with Nuesse. She lied to her bosses and everyone else. Nice spin Matt, but it won't help Kim.

Anonymous

PLEASE can't you write about anything else that is happening around here?! You must be bewitched by this woman.

Anonymous

I do believe Chief Nuesse mislead city officials about the dispatch system. I think she fell under the influence of the Perkins police chief.

Chief Nuesse also showed poor ethics and dismal leadership by fixing a ticket instead of merely paying the fine like every other citizen in Sandusky.

What all this circus will lead to I am not sure. Big payday for the lawyers and the judge....maybe a payout to Kim Nuesse to go away. Very difficult to see how she could ever return as chief of police in Sandusky.

Anonymous

Isn't amazing that some people have focused on a few small mistakes to be the basis for lynching Nuesse, and perhaps the Chief in Youngtown, AZ?

Let's take a microscope and checkout all these Whiny Cry Baby police officers to see just how clean their slates are before we hang these two women out to dry.

Anonymous

From what I am seeing, it doesn't look good for the city. If I were Judge C, I would throw this whole thing out because it is a waste of time and money. This hearing is dragging on and on with no discloser. We have been without a police chief for almost a year now. I want to see Baxter on camera along with Kline and Miers.

Anonymous

who cares... seriously...

this whole thing is absolutely ridiculous, unless you work at the sandusky police dept, this whole ordeal has no effect whatsoever on your life, why the hell is it front page news on the register everyday, is sandusky that pathetic that there is nothing else to talk about? i can't believe that the register is actually making money off of this utter crap. all that this story and sandusky register are doing is showing the rest of the area how big of a joke sandusky is.

Anonymous

Mike was making us progressive with the Paper District, The Marina District and Nuesse! Too bad, as it turns out , we can't afford any of em!

Anonymous

Let's get serious, and truthful! Kim Nuesse was set up and framed. We all know that!

Anonymous

Well I don't know that. I know she is a liar and was fired properly.

Anonymous

slipping Matty Boy!! After 3 weeks of silence and this is what we get. How come no explanation of why your 3 endorsed candidated all lost in the election. You stink as a managing editor and need to go away before you ruin Erie County and the Register!!!

Anonymous

I think he has already done that. He is a joke and so is this newspaper. I cannot believe all of the turmoil Westerhold and Nuesse have created. Too bad it isn't back in the good old days and we could run them BOTH outta town!

Anonymous

So, How did it turn out for the Chief Johnson when she did return to work?

Anonymous

Can't you write about anything else. You are a sorry excuse for an editor. Why can't you think of anything but Kim. It's not healthy. Matt, get help before it is to late. Then maybe you will realize, Kim deserved to be fired, she is a liar.

Anonymous

Below is the article about the Arizona chief. No mention of an arbitrator. It states she was cleared by the towns investigation. This is nothing like Nuesse's case. She was not cleared, she was fired. The Arizona chief was not fired. This editorial is a blatant attempt to misled the readers to think the cases are similar. Shame on you Matt Westerhold. Here is the story from a real newspaper.

Youngtown Police Chief Kimberly Johnson will report to work Monday following the release of an investigative report that cleared her of several allegations made by her officers.

Johnson had been on leave after town officials received a letter of no confidence against the chief. All nine officers on the force signed the letter, which read: "Due to the hostile working environment, lack of leadership and the emotional instability, we, the undersigned, no longer have the confidence in Kim Johnson's ability to lead the Youngtown Police Department."

Town Manager Lloyce Robinson hired Traaen and Associates to perform an investigation of the police force at a cost of $12,520. The investigation is the second audit performed by the human resources company of the police department, which also conducted a $4,999 audit in September to find the sources of reported low morale within the department.

Anonymous

That is quite typical of Westerhold. I bet their newspaper doesn't print half truths trying to fool its citizens either.

Anonymous

The difference between the two cases is that Arizona did a thorough investigation before taking a firing action. Two things could have been cleared up in Nuesse's case, the city could have pulled records on the grant and the car ticket, but it seems the city didn't look into it. The grant has disappeared and no one bothered to either keep records on the car as to who checked it out for the day as all this could have been investigated before they fired Nuessee. No records, no case. Here again, the city is sloppy in their lack of records and retention of paper work not to mention the absence of a union grievance on Nuesse, only verbal. Judge "C" has been around a long time as a judge and this is a waste of his time. All of this is heresay and no one bothered to check out the heresay for facts. The testimony is embarrassing on the city's part. Can't wait to hear from Miers and Kline although the cameras will be turned off for their testimony.

Anonymous

Enough Matt!!! Why do you focus your life around Nuesse??? Get over it and report or talk about something else. I only read your headline just to see what you are writing about. I have not read your complete story because its the same ole stuff "NUESSE". She is going to end up just like your good ole friend McClung you stood by him forever, look what happen to him. I still can't wait for that investigation to come out, coming soon!

Anonymous

Your obsession with Nuesse is just plain weird, Westerhold. You're coming across like a lovesick teenager.

Anonymous

This is unbelievable. You would rather see this city go under to give this woman what she wants after SHE messed up. I would rather see this city saved and get her out of this town. She lied to her bosses, can't get along with anyone but what it seems is a handful of people, caused so much hatred and turmoil (along w/SR) for this city and has no experience to boot. C'mon people. You cry about your taxpaying money but yet you continue to help her through this outrage. It's really simple, she messed up, got fired, let her go back to where she came from and let us go on in our own little town without this garbage. Too bad people have to butt in when it is all up to her boss. Is everyone forgetting what a boss is?

Anonymous

How does this Westerhold guy keep getting away with the damage he has done about this Nuesse?

Anonymous

Matt it is so nice to sign on and see a new BIAS editorial from you. Have you been in Youngstown stalking another female Police Chief? Is that why it has been a long time since you have written an editorial demeaning men and women who have jobs that actually make a difference to society? In fact Matt, I am starting to wonder if you are REALLY a man at all. I mean, you certainly dont have the courage a man is supposed to have. I have a 12 year old niece who has more "stones" than you have. Understand this Matt.....Kim is NOT coming back...all this other stuff is just smoke and mirrors so she can try and milk the city out of some money that she doesnt deserve. But ok, you obviously need something to do so you can EARN a paycheck, but once she is gone and she WILL be gone Matt, I would like to give you a few ideas you can write about next....you could do a story about lonely pathetic middle aged men, who obsess over women that would never give them the time of day?? I mean who knows more about that than you Matt??? How about a story about how the SR does not require their employees have any talent in order to put them on the payroll? Well thats about all I have for you Matt...oh yea I hear they are having a sale on Skirts at the Wal-Mart so you better hurry and get there before they run out.....LOL...you make this fun Matt!!

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold is there anything else you can write about. This is your own opinion, nothing based on facts. Get over it already

Sam

Mattie you are like Hitler in the bunker just before the Russians arrived, in denial. Give it up, find a new hobby.

Anonymous

Westerhold, did you ever consider that maybe Nuesse is simply a liar... whether gender bias is involved or not?

Anonymous

Can you just please admit that it is possible that Nuesse is wrong?

Anonymous

WAAAAAAAAAAH, you crybaby Matt. Keep writing, we know you are frustrated every time you write and it is good to know you are still mad. HAAAAAAAAAAA

Anonymous

Youngtown, must be a nice bunch.
Fire a policeman with cancer. Won't consider his retirement request.

If they treat a man with cancer with such compassion, one can only imagine how they would treat a women......

Anonymous

Matt,

Take your lips off of the crack pipe. The burning of your lips has effected your ability to be an un-biased reporter. There are obvious reasons why you left Lorain County....Only if the other (brain dead) crack heads in Erie County could figure out that you are a "whack" job. What does your wife think about your obsession with the former chief.

I agree that she may have been a good chief, and did good things for this city, but your biased reporting, has called into question your journalistic integrity.

Anonymous

Has anyone else noticed the noticeable difference in Matt's weight from his earlier pictures for his 'blog'. I agree with the previous writer that he may be on the crack pipe. That would explain Matt's delusional obsession with Chief Kimberly Nuesse.

Matt please get the help you need and check yourself into a rehab program.

Anonymous

Please leave Matt alone, he is a very good customer of mine and should treated as such. And for you non-believers, that is sun burned lips, not burns from a crack pipe, as many of you are probably thinking.

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