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

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

What must it be like to log on and see that so many people dislike....no check that....HATE you Matt. You work so hard at these so called "Editorials" and people sign on JUST to bash you. Maybe you really need to think about your choices Matt...like maybe there isnt something else in this world you wouldnt be better suited for. I was going to say a WalMart greeter, but then people would actually have to look at you and that would not do anything for their business. Wow, this is harder than I thought thinking of things you are qualified to do. The sad thing is, I bet Matt somehow enjoys the bashing he gets, cause at least SOMEONE is paying attention to him....its pathetic...

Sam

The Wal Mart greeters work for a living, unlike Westerhold. I doubt if Wal Mart would hire him.

Anonymous

I hear that he was hated in Elyria before he got here. IO hear the have youtube, they a very funny westerhold video there. I would put up the link, but every time I do, Matt deletes my blog.

Anonymous

Puleeeeeeeeez tell me that you people are teenagers commenting on this and not police officers.

Anonymous

If those two weasels of the Ohio State Patrol can get their jobs back, so can Kim. What she did is nothing compared to those two. The little boys of the Sandumpy Police Department should just quit and leave the area or stop your whining. The law officers of around the local area are becoming a laughing stock. Druggies, Drunks, Bullies, Thieves, Liars, have I missed any? And these are the POLICE?

Anonymous

You got two things right, Kim is the liar that you mentioned and Reynoldsburg PD is laughing their a$$ off at us for hiring her.

Anonymous

No MATT.....we are 90% of the people in Sandusky who dont like you. Dont cry about it, you use this sad excuse for a paper as you platform to try and impress a no good dishonest piece of crap blonde woman, what do you expect?? People know youre pathetic!! Though I wouldnt be surprised if some are cops.....who could blame them....

Anonymous

Well we cant all have important jobs like flipping burgers at McDonalds like you have. So if you dont mind, leave the job of protecting and serving to the real men and keep living in your parents basement or in your girlfriend's metro paid for apartment......I know women who are more man that you are. There are female cops on SPD....PPD....and ECSO that would make you run away crying to your mommy....youre as pathetic as Westerhold. Get on here and degrade cops while you hide behind your keyboard......

Anonymous

I am not a cop I just think Matt is very childish. The SR has turned into nothing but drama and bad reporting. He did this same thing with McClung. McClung could do no wrong but what happen Matt? You were wrong about him and you will probably be wrong about Nuesse. I don't mind you writing about politics etc. but keep your opinion on a low profile, give us the facts (real ones) and let us make our own decision. You have been on the same topic for a year now, get a life.

Anonymous

The SR has turned into the Enquirer! Matt is a Moron who has no clue about Law Enforcement or how the clash comes about within its ranks. He needs to move on! Also, I have spoken with Chief Johnson from Youngtown AZ and she was hardnosed when she was a Lt.

I bet Matt has never even spoken to her and to try and compare the 2 cases makes him look ignorant

Anonymous

Make that 91%.

Anonymous

Matt Westerhold is seeking justice. If you beleive Kim Nuesse wasn't railroaded, and lied upon, then you're in another planet!

Anonymous

You know nothing of this case. She got what she deserved. She lied to her employees, she lied to her boss and she lied to the commission. That is just cause for being fired. The only railroad is in your head.

Anonymous

What right do you have saying I"know nothing of this case"? I know much more of the Nuesse than you do, I'm sure! All you know is what you heard! KIM NUESSE WAS RAILROADED. Get that in your head, because it's factual. The truth will soon prevail, and you'll be surprise to find out who the liars are.

Anonymous

She was fired, is fired and will stay fired. And you know nothing about this case.

Anonymous

Druggies, Drunks, Bullies, Thieves, Liars, have I missed any?
Yes, wasn't there one that raped a kid in the cop station? Ugh.

Anonymous

Instead of meeting a problem head on and resolving it they call in their expensive big guns---the Cleveland lawyers and the retired Judge. Pathetic.

Anonymous

Twelve thousand compared to upwards of two hundred thousand....what a bunch of idiots we have running this city! This city has to be the laughingstock of every city around.

Anonymous

Why don't you tell your buddy Nuesse to quit dragging this thing on then? She and Westerhold with all of the printed half truths are the cause of this mess.

Anonymous

You boys all are whiners, can't handle the fact that a woman can do a better job than you lazy stinkin men. Well, get used to it because us women are going to start rising to the top and put you men down! We have been suppressed for so long. We are superior in organization and management as well as fitness. You baby boys better get your acts together or you will be replaced by a woman!

Anonymous

I am a women and I don't agree that women should be able to do any job that a man can do. There are some jobs, sports etc that should remain sepperate of sexes.

After following the Neusse saga I am convinced that she is not capable of leading the SPD. Not because she is a women but because she did not tell the truth. Anyone in her position should be honest.

Anonymous

She lied? Who reported this? Men, thats who. They have tried to destroy her. She is an upstanding person and a rock in this crappy community. It is a shame that she is no longer in charge.

Anonymous

LOL!!!!!! If you are an example of the type of "woman" who will be trying to get my job, then I have to say I feel I have plenty of Job Security. So in your opinion, it is ok for a woman to lie cheat and steal as long as she is going after a job which is considered by society to be a Man's job? I also feel that with the exception of a few things, women can do just about anything a man can do. I think there are certain sports that should always stay for ONLY men. As for Law Enforcement, I think regardless of what sex you are you have to be a special kind of person. Man or Woman you have to have certain qualities as a PERSON. Honesty, Integrity, Ethics and Kim Nuesse does not possess any of these. So for those of you who think she should keep this job JUST because she is a woman, are you also the type are the first people whine and moan when cops are caught being dishonest? So which way do you want it??? You want honesty UNLESS it comes the cop's name is Kim Nuesse?? Make up your mind!

Anonymous

Sooo, when we find out that President-elect Obama has lied to us with his campaign "promises" that will be ok? We should overlook them? All people lie to get what they want. Kim Nuesse hasn't done anything that most other people have done. You can look at everyone's resume and find little white lies. She is a highly regarded person and she should have been treated better! The men that worked for her couldn't stand having a woman telling them what to do. I wish her job was an elected one and then you would see that she could have won an election. Go Kim, I hope this piece of crap town has to pay out the rear-end and then they will see what a good woman they have lost.

Anonymous

So sad that you say lying by anyone is okay. But Kim did more then lie. She failed to get along with both men and women throughout this county. She falsified a grant. She took gratuities after ordering everyone not to. She failed to pay her parking ticket. She caused chaos with both men and yes women on the Sandusky police department. She failed to lead. And the sad thing is that there is a lot more. But you supporters are blind to anything that points to her being wrong.

Anonymous

"GUESS NO ONE LIKES A FEMALE POLICE CHIEF".....

Male-Female-K-9, the officers of this department (SPD) really do not care. We just want some one that is honest, says what they mean and mean what they say. That when they tell you to do something they mean it and follow their own directives. It’s not a question of if these officers "like" their chief or not. It is a question of can we respect them or not.
None of the officers on this department will always agree 100% of the time on our supervisors decisions/ their likes or dislikes/ or if they even have our best interest at heart. These issues are arbitrary. Just make sure whoever replaces the last one is totally honest, can tell the truth, and doesn’t try and manipulate people and issues to fit their own agenda. "

Anonymous

The fact of the matter is that she was the chief and that her suboardinates did not like a female in charge. When someone gets hired to do a job there is always people that won't fulfill their obligations by being team players. That is what happened in the Sandumpy PD. The police officers became lazy and liars themselves and figured that they could use her for an excuse. The whole PD should be fired for insuboardination and replaced by barney fife wannabes. Truth be told, many of the police officers there probably could not get a job any where else.

Anonymous

She was Chief and she lied!!!! Get it straight. It's not a matter of her being a female she did things that she should not have she also was warned about hanging out with McClung and she began acting like him, look where he is today out of a job waiting for the investigation to come out, he is doomed. If a man would have done the things she did he would be in this position also. Someone stated Neusse is respected? By who? Not me I have no respect for any individual who lies. Women or not she was wrong and does not deserve he job.

Anonymous

she lied? got it on audio/video? anything in writing? if not there is no way i will take a statement from a regular lousy, lazy police officer over a chief of police.

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