Murman report: A mile wide and an inch deep

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

When he first began his $20,000 integrity probe of police Chief Kim Nuesse, attorney Michael Murman sent out a press release.

Anyone with “first-hand knowledge of accusations” against Nuesse should contact him. He also wanted to hear from anyone with “counter-accusations against other city officials.”

But Murman used different words to describe that invitation in the summary report of his investigation:

“(Despite) the almost constant presence of the investigators in the community over the past 10 weeks and a press release inviting those with information favorable to the chief to come forward, their silence has been deafening.”

Congratulations to city commissioners Dennis Murray Jr. and Craig Stahl, and city manger Matt Kline and law director Don Icsman.

You got exactly what you wanted: An investigation all boxed up that says exactly what you wanted it to say.



FIRE HER YESTERDAY! Sick of her! She sure better not get a dime from anyone! She has done enough damage to our city!


Excuse me but she is one of the commissioners bosses, or do you not know the rank and file of this city. She is also correct in the fact there is such a class for elected officials. It is supposed to help them to hit the ground running and not have to spend so much time learning the ropes. You need to do your homework before you blog and tell one of the commissioners bosses to sit down and shut up. Does only your opinion mean anything or do other people have the right to express theirs.


" Everyone seems to think this should go to the active FBI, to the Attorney General's Office or to the Bureau of Criminal Ivestigation & Identification. Well I think for you Nuesse supporters, you would not want that! Ms. Nuesse says it in her feature film but she too would regret having this done.

For one if an agency of this nature gets in volved, they wouldn't simply indicate a criminal offense, they would act on it. So lets say the FBI feels she did falsify documentation for a FEDERAL GRANT, I'm certain they would charge her. The same would go for the other too agencies.

Maybe, just maybe the city is trying to save Ms. Nuesse from being charged by handling this in the manner they are? Although, just because there has been no response from the commissioners, doesn't mean Ms. Nuesse's and GAF's actions don't get put on a Grand Jury hearing list. Gee what would you supporters do then. Holy cow i can't think of it.

Did it dawn on anyone that the city might be trying to allow Ms. Nuesse to make the right move and resign. Allowing herself to swollow some of her pride (like there is any) and move on. A gag order put in place and she can go where every she wants and further her "so called Law enforcement career" somewhere else?

All I know is this, she will not be able to effectively command, lead, direct, and work hand and hand with her people if she is retained as the chief.

To comment on Chief McClung claiming he would work for her as a captain, not even....first off if you wanted to be a civil servant, you would have done so when you started your career. One I doubt very much if you could pass and score well enough to make it to the entry level of the SPD. As well Captains at the SPD are union positions, therefore civil service rules apply............

For you SPD officers...........keep your chins high and hold your profession in your hearts. We don't get much praise but then again we didn't take the job for that. It's a pride, honor, and heart issue. A lot of which most of these bloggers don't have..... "


First off, I would like to comment on the way the Murman report was written. It sounds like it was written by a five year old, and I know two year olds who speak better than most of the report sounded! BUT, I can't help but wonder WHY this woman thinks she SHOULD and COULD maintain her position now reading what the people who work with her said she is like. Seems to me she was on some sort of power kick and made up her own rules to be changed on a whim and then wondering why people didn't understand what to do! I simply do NOT understand why she feels she didn't have to pay for a parking ticket, I could care less WHO she is, she is NOT exempt from the law! If she parked somewhere that warrented the issuance of a parking ticket then by God she should have to pay for it, just like you and I would have to. This woman just can't seem to get along with others and play nice. She needs to be fired!


The police chief is winning the SR poll...that is remarkable since there are so many malcontents from the SPD blogging away. Return cheif Nuesse NOW!


My Mom always told me be careful, you can drown in "inch deep" water! :)


The male cops are just mad she came in & snagged up that position & Mayberry doesn't want no broad tellin' 'em what to do.


Chief Nuesse has my respect. She has performed her duties while the "me smarter than you club" has undercut her since her first day on the job. That club is every where you look. If you can't win enough allies you are out. I hope the settlement will support her the rest of her life.


Being a "psycho- nut" constitutes class? This idiot chief makes her own agenda to fit her psychotic mind for that given day! She makes decisions based on hormones and then when the levels of those hormones shift, she changes them. Clearly, her decision making skills, along with her inability to be an affective leader, strongly suggests that she needs to be fired and look for a job at a small town police department.


Good hunch Sue..................Sure hope the governor finds a job for this 58 year old soon. I'm on tier 2 federal extension now.


There are no jobs for old people in our country and there never will be. Ask people who didn't get a job no matter what they did through senior organizations, decade after decade. What a farce!


Sound advise. I maintain my own website and revisit my keyword selection monthly. When I find a page that has been blaced third or fourth I update my keyword placement and wait a couple of weeks. I then check the page placement.

Chuck Kaman

Mr. Westerhold,

Is there any chance the Sandusky Register could place a copy of this study on-line so that there can be an informed discussion? Especially since you are suggesting it be a template for the rest of the county.

The problem with most studies is that they tend to come to whatever conclusion the study buyer wants. The City of Huron asked for a study to consider combining the police and fire departments and, low and behold, the study finds that to be a good idea! Maybe this is the next great thing in safety services. If that is the case, it should hold up to public scrutiny. If it is simply the latest management fad, we in Huron can’t afford another costly sideshow at taxpayer expense.

Huron also needs more help from you and the Sandusky Register in scrutinizing these studies and investigations. Take Huron’s Insurance/Nitroglycerine incident and resulting investigation as one example. The Register gave Huron a pat on the back on March 20th, when it promptly disciplined two young employees for their involvement:

The investigator’s report, however, showed that this practice was well known among upper level leadership in the Huron Fire Division the year before. I documented this on your online forums beginning March 29th:


By April 21st, the City Manager announced he was “assessing” the fire department, but it wasn’t an “investigation”. The City Manger then suspended the Fire Chief Berlin for 3 days in June, but refused to discuss any details or reasons with the press.

Did your reporters and editors even read the investigator’s report? Did it not occur to anyone that a government official might want to sweep something under the rug? Have you read this latest study?

Huron needs to finds a way to restore honesty and self-discipline to its local government. If that isn’t done, no amount of management reorganization is going to result in improved cost or service.

Sue Daugherty

I have had 3 employers contact me seeking to hire reliable, mature employees THAT THEY CAN DEPEND ON.
1. Janice Warner, Exec. Director of Erie-Huron CAC is seeking bus drivers for "Head Start". They will pay for the new hire to get their CDL license. Possible full-time position might exist. Call Janice or her secretary at 419-625-2214 for more information.
2. Sales - Office furniture company
Clair David Office Furniture & Design
Ask for Kim Marion for more information
3. Tim Skelton is seeking to employ some reliable people who have a work ethic at his pizza shop - Moma B's Call 419-625-9999 or
419-624-0849 for more information.


hey matt--- where is that idiot sanders column for me to comment on? that racist piece of trash. he wonders why there is such a divide among the colors in this country and yet his ilk continue to perpetuate it on aregular basis. he makes me sick. "the slave becomes the master" he is by far the biggest idiot i can think of. does he go to reverend wrights church?
people want to put that junk behind us. people want to live without color. the racism he always speaks of is behind most of us. and yet people like him continue to throw it in our faces. they continue to blame us just because we happen to be white.
i had nothing to do with any of this past he speaks constantly of. NOT MY FAULT. he looks as though he has done well for himself. how is that possible in a society supposedly geared to keep him down?
i am sick and tired of his kind of trash. pull his plug and people like him and eventually just maybe we can all be on color-- RED, WHITE, AND BLUE...


I agree 100% with you crackhead. The register has coddled Rufus and his anti-white rants for as long as I can remember. The only thing is the most important catalyst in this formula is Rufus has the NAACP backing him and as we have seen here locally with the corruptness within their very own local organization we all have seen WHO the real racists are!!!

Winston Smith

The econ. stimulus bill? That’s so yesterday.

What about the ADDITIONAL $410 billion in the 2009 omnibus spending bill that the Dems released on Mon. that has received very little coverage?

The Dems are increasing Federal spending by 8% for the balance of 2009.


Thank goodness that veto maniac Bush is outa there so America can spend its way to prosperity.


Keep up the great work Kristin! I would be happy to take some of those Caramel delites out of your house for you :). Just wanted you to know that we are praying for you.


I Googled my personal name and the only thing that came up was my name in the listing of CCW holders that was published by the Register. Therefore my business does not advertise in the Register.


Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity.


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Ok Matt, enough is enough!!! You are such a little weasil. It is obvious that the three commissioners you oppose here are all anti-nuesse. The two commissioners who you continue to stroke, are all for her coming back. Dan Kaman could tell you that the sky is purple and you would believe him, all because he is on the Nuesse bandwagon. You are so transparent and sad and pathetic and I can not believe people pay you to write this crap. So save us all the time in reading what you have to say, we all get it, ANYTHING Kaman or Waddington say you agree with and ANYTHING Fuqua, Farrar or Craig Stahl say, u disagree with. That about right Matt??? LOL youre such a joke!

Winston Smith

‘ O brave new world, That has such people in't!’

- ‘The Tempest,’ Wm. Shakespear

The 8% increase in spending for the remainder of the yr. in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act includes:

· $6.9 billion for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program, a $1.2 billion increase over FY 2008

· $3.2 billion for state and local law enforcement and crime prevention, $495 million above FY 2008

· $2 billion to study global climate change, a $262 million increase over last fiscal year

· $5.1 billion, $337 million above 2008, for IRS enforcement

· $30.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health to research diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and diabetes, a $938 million increase over FY 2008

· $17.3 billion for college education grants, $3 billion more than in FY 2008



Just remember in a socialist/communist society…everybody has a job, but nobody has a good job…except those in political power!

“Socialists cry “Power to the people”, and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean—power over people, power to the State.”
Margaret Thatcher

Sue Daugherty

For people who are concerned about a foreclosure action or anticipate missing a housepayment or will be experiencing thier mortgage payment increasing there will be a FORECLOSURE PREVENTION CALL IN" on March 10th from 6pm - 8pm. Attorneys, bankers, realtors, and HUD Counselors will be taking your calls AND ASNSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS. 419/626-5623


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I was disappointed the commissioners didn't wait 2 weeks to clean up the G and C Foundry site. When the city solicitor cautioned them about going ahead with the cleanup before having the site declared a safety hazard and thereby improving the priority of the lien to recoup the cleanup expense, there was no logic in going ahead immediately.

I sympathize with the residents living near that eyesore, but the commissioners have a duty to safeguard the city treasury for all the citizens.

Why pay for legal advice if you're going to ignore it?

Why couldn't the cleanup wait 2 weeks?


Larry Gerold should look into setting up a site to webcast the camera view of the eagles' nest. I bet it could make the Old Dutch known around the world and real popular with bird watchers near and far. I know I would enjoy watching the nest. I think there have been similar webcams airing peregrine falcons nesting on tall city buildings.


I would like to be able to "click" on my screen name and that would access my user profile, articles commented on, user message, etc...It is available on Mansfield News Journal and associated sites. It is very helpful, and makes the online experience more personal.

Winston Smith

'Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.'

- John Maynard Keynes

With future catastrophic results, the era of Reagan and the influence of free mkt. economist Milton Friedman are waning in the U.S.

The new 'dead' economic philosophy du jour is from James Tobin, the man who brought Keynes' ideas to the U.S.

Get to know your minds of your new masters:

Govt. spending will not produce prosperity, but obviously the fairytales are being resurrected and re-told once again.