Farrar stood up, but got it wrong

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

First off, I think it's important to mention Sandusky city commissioner Julie Farrar showed courage in addressing the IMA group on Tuesday.

But ... she was so wrong on nearly every point she made.

Mrs. Farrar obviously was mis-led by the person who told her that I, and/or members of the Register staff secretly recorded a conversation with her. That would be an ethical breach for a journalist.

 

If the person who told "all of the commissioners" about a secretly recorded conversation really wanted to know if it was accurate, all that person had to do was call reporter Jennifer Grathwol. Or call city editor Cheryl Welch. Or call me.

Or call police Chief Kim Nuesse, for that matter. There was no need to hire a Lakewood law firm to answer that question.

But the person who told her the conversation had been secretly recorded obviously was seeking support for a "witch hunt." The Nuesse integrity probe launched by city manager Matt Kline has nothing to do with seeking truth and everything to do with a self-serving agenda.

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance did a huge public service to the community by hosting Tuesday's press conference. The IMA offered a great lesson to everyone about what it means to be civically responsible.

And one more thing: City commissioner Dan Kaman showed courage several weeks ago when he called for Nuesse to be returned to her job.

Comments

Anonymous

Thank you!!! You are 110% right!!!

Anonymous

Julie Farrar should be congratulated, SHE is the woman who has integrity in this city, more integrity in her pinky than Kim has in her whole body. So she wasn't dressed in a suit or a dress, she was dressed for the meeting and if I remember right it was described as a "Town Hall" meeting. She is a credit to this city, she made Matt Westerhold shreek.....and for that alone....she is the greatest!!!!

NineMM

Who cares what Julie had on for this meeting? She works as a recreational director at OVH, and is very good at it. My father-in-law was at OVH until his passing, and she helped arrange for the families to come on holidays for dinner with the old guys there and it really was a special occasion. Maybe the warm up suit is what she wears to work. I give her all the credit in the world to at least take a stand in all this mess. Sure, she may be just a Mom. We need more of her kind in city hall. More average citizens instead of lawyers, ex-firemen and businessmen. In spite of her inexperience, she cares about this city and it's obvious. She may well be the best we've got.

Anonymous

Where did the "Mr. Westerhold" comment go?

Why would it be taken down? No profanity. It simply asked Matt Westerhold some very pointed questions about unethical actions as managing editor. What, Westerhold can spew inuendo at everybody but when questions come his way they get pulled from the website?

Answer the questions Mr. Westerhold.

Anonymous

Matt has no ethics at all. Kim and Tim control him. Look for the strings, Kim and Tim are pulling them every time he speaks or writes. Matt has made so outrageous accusations about Kline and the commission in the name of protecting poor Kim. I would say that in the end you are going to look foolish, but you already look like the fool that you are.

Anonymous

I already asked the very same question a few blogs ago, and still no answer to that one. I saw the blog before he took it down, it was a very good one.

Anonymous

I agree with you!! Great blog!!!

Anonymous

Just today, I talked to quite a few people that said they were going to or already have cancelled their subscription to the Sandusky Register. In the end, I hope Nuesse was worth it all Sandusky Register.

Anonymous

I believe Mr. Westerhold is in charge or if not in charge, has access to deleting certain blogs. So you have to know that should he see one that is right on, it wont make it on here long. This paper is no longer interested in reporting the news fairly, they just want to make Matt Westerhold look as though people are all on his side, which the blogs I have read it seems to be 90% of the people are sick and tired of his lies, I am cancelling my paper for that reason alone. The SR is obviously not in this to report the news and do it ethically....so im done with them....Plain Dealer is much better for Sports anyway...

Anonymous

I also spoke to several people today who are growing tired of the way the paper has blown this issue out of wack!! Maybe we talked to some of the same people???? I guess we will let Matt have his day in the sun and when this all comes out and Kim is driving the U-Haul hopefully somewhere far from here.......he will fade back into oblivion......

Anonymous

I work at OVH with Julie, have known her family for years. It sickens me to read the things that some of you people have to say about her. From my understanding, she does and excellent job for the veteran's at the home and I am sure she will do just fine as a commissioner. Who cares how she was dressed?! What? Was she supposed to wear a cute little mini skirt to a commission meeting? I didn't see anything wrong with it myself. Julie, don't let these ignorant people intimidate you, they are really good at that! Just do what you think is right, I am sure you will, and you will be just fine. My, my Westerhold got "ouchy" didn't he? Maybe he is getting a little nervous by now. Take care, Julie.

Anonymous

There was a time when the editor of the SR hung out with the "good ole boys" and all was well in sandtown....NOT. Hats off to Matt for his strength of character to take on the city's leaders who have run things into the ground.

Anonymous

Sounds like Matt's a little scared

Anonymous

When all is said and done one group is going to look bad.

The "BYE BYE KIMMIES" and the MATT WESTERHOLDS.....well ONE of those 2 groups are going to have to eat their words because no one on either of those 2 sides knows all the facts that are contained in that "super secret report."

And if it is the SR that ends up looking bad, I'll bet subscribers will drop even more. Matt, is that a good "buisness" gamble to take?

Anonymous

The bottom line is she is uneducated, lies, does not have a clue. Do any of the commissioners have college degrees in any field. They are a disgrace arguing with each other like 3 year olds. No wander they conduct themselves as ignorant important people. I might add she could not put two sentences together with out becoming agitated and rambling. My main point you would not go to BFI if you needed to have an operation. You would go to a trained professional doctor. What qualifications do you need to be a commissioner. Every time I as this it gets deleted

Anonymous

How quickly one's comments will be wiped clean from these sites, especially when speaking the truth. The powers that be at the SR continue w/their own little personal agenda, be it north or south of the double-yellow line! With so much going on w/so many, it's all becoming QUITE TRANSPARENT (as in crystal clear) we have some MAJOR PROBLEMS IN THE CITY AND TOWNSHIP!

Anonymous

Where is the "Mr. Westrehold" blog? Trying to hide it from your boss, are you? Removing that blog and not answering the questions asked of you, Mr. Westerhold, only proves what was said in the blog. I wonder what your coworkers think of you now?

Anonymous

As for Kimmie and her staff of 'smoke and mirrors people', "I did not have sex with that woman!" sound familiar? If you say 'it' loud enough and long enough, people will begin to believe you.
As for our 'fine commissioners', somebody needs to show some intestinal fortitude, stand up and say "the buck stops here!" Take responsibility for what you’re doing and get this thing settled! 'OH REV. DARDEN, WHATEVER YOU SAY-P L E A S E!!!! INVESTIGATE SOME MORE!!!!, WE WOULDN'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK WE'RE HIDING ANYTHING (and I would loose a few lousy votes for my election too).' This bunch is DISGUSTING!!! Murry's pants are scared off because of a little pressure, Stall's ringing his hands, and Kline’s waiting for some leadership by the commission (which he's not getting) while they try to "throw him under the bus" as it has been put. The rest of them stand back and wait to see which way the wind blows and then they'll step in on what they perceive to be the 'winning' side (Kaman showed courage??? GIVE ME A BREAK!! "I did'nt want her anyway!"-but Oh gee 'I think she should get her job back Kaman?). The only one of them with any testosterone is Julie.
And Westerhold stands back and yells' "PAPERS GET YOUR PAPER HERE. READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!".......... What a Joke!
The only thing I do agree on with this issue is that 'pack' that call themselves commissioners should be recalled-with one exception-Julie.

Anonymous

Did I actually see the word "ETHICS" used by Matt Westerhold??? Everybody , S T A N D B A C K !!!!!!!!!!!!!, this bolts going to be a B I G O N E !!!!!!

Anonymous

Again, where is the "Mr. Westerhold" post and why does every request to see it keep getting removed? Must stink to have to watch these posts all day to remove those pertaining to Mr. Westerhold's unethical behavior as editor of the Register. Maybe the post should be mailed to Mr. Phares? Hmmmmmmm.

Anonymous

So why do they not go after Farrar. If she is reporting false meetings that never took place. She must think she is at the Vets home where they record their trials. Wasn't there a lady sent to prison for making false threatening reports. Oh thats right if you are a public official it is ok if you are a common Joe you go to jail.
Or better yet it was a mistake not a vicious lie

Anonymous

Julie wont get in trouble, because these arent false accusations. She was 100% on......and Matt, you say she showed courage?? Is that what you call standing up to you??? She was right on EVERY point and that is why you have to give her credit. Kimmie is getting everything she deserves and I have said that all along. Some people reap what the sew and she is reaping it BIG TIME. She had a "Tim McClung" complex, but she doesnt quite have the pull that he has.....pack your bags kim!!

Anonymous

Sounds to me like Julie needs to chill out. Is she having some kind of hot flash because it appears that she defintely flew off the handle without provocation? why attack Matt if she was not there to see the recording? After all, Matt denied using a recorder. Could the same person who said they saw Kline at 4:15 PM in his office Friday after he reportedly left it locked at 2 PM according to the SR... perhaps that same person may have a strange relationship with the truth here and perhaps that same person started a rumor in the way of setting up Julie for her public rant. What was that Murray saying, something like, if you make a false statement often enough it may be believed....like in this "good ole boy" witch hunt case again and again...Can't wait to see how much the police chief ends up with after all is said and done, which may be a while since Kline did't read the investigation the day he recieved it. Why does the the city commission need to have it out in executive session to get their talking points down on Monday as that alone may give the police chief cause to rebuke the city in Federal Court if it ever comes to that!!!

Anonymous

TALK ABOUT A KNOW-IT-ALL. I will bet you don't know a darn thing about what is going on. Have you been there? Where? Everywhere?

Anonymous

bye bye kimmie

Anonymous

after she is gone it will be "bye bye timmie"

Anonymous

Matt, Answer the community this: The night
this mess started wern't you at the Police Chief's house, listening on speaker phone as she called all the commissioners without them knowing you were listening? If you have an ounce of honesty left Matt, answer this truthfully.

Anonymous

To the community. It is time we the people stand up for the truth. Cancel your subscriptions to the SR and ask for Mr. Westerhold's removal. He is driving a wedge in our community. He knows the truth or at least only one half of this issue, but continues to print half truths. It is time for him to go and us to cancel paying for this RAG, just read it on line for free!

Anonymous

This lawsuit train is leaving very soon. I see several locals boarding!

Anonymous

I can tell you from past experience that the SR has in fact recorded conversations (actually a tape greeting) without the knowledge of the other person. And Matt, as for your "Hate in a Bottle" article, let's say for the sake of arguement that you are correct the some "hater's" (a rather strong word, IMO) do multi blog, don't the people that are NON-haters have that same option? Or are you saying that the NON-haters are only blogging once? Give me a break. If someone brings up a point that you never considered or an addtional comment, of course, a person may blog more than once.

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