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

Either remove the blog from this website or leave all posting alone. We don't need the SR to decide what's right or wrong.

Anonymous

Murray & Crandall Started This. Why Are They Using The New Commish To Dump The Blame? Crandall Is Leaving! UMMM Makes You Wonder! Reading Todays Paper Sounds Like Mr. Westerhold Is A Little Nervous & Kissing Up To Mrs. Farrar. I Know Mrs Farrar Back Ground And She Comes From A Hard Working Honest Family. You Better Pack A Lunch & Dinner If You Want To Take Her Down! Matt How Can You Support Someone That Works For The City Of Sandusky And Sends Her Kids To Perkins? Why Was There 12 people from Huron At Meeting and The Biggest Mouth Was From Oak Harbor? I Was Very Good Friends With Matt's Brother Grant ( God Bless His Soul) That Is One reason I Always Supported Mr. Westerhold, But I Can Longer Subsribe To The Register With This Farrar Gossip. It's Time To Blame The Commissioners That Started This Mess. I Respect Mrs. Farrar For Supporting Her Employees (Kline) Even Though She Don't Know Everything About Investigation. The SR Should Do Like The Morning Journal Does With Rheir Blogs. You Have To Leave Your Name & Address Before They Print It! Hang In There Mrs Farrar, When You Learn Everything You Need To About The City, I Know You Will Do A Great Job!!

Anonymous

You are right. She will run that office just like Sheriff Nancy McKeen runs the Erie County Sheriff's Office. McKeen keeps that Sheriff Lyons and Capt. Sigsworth in line. You keep on going girl and not let them bully you by no means. Just look at the mess they got themselves into over the warrant on the child rapist last year where, afterwards, Lyons and Sigsworth tried issuing a policy about serving warrants. Those deputies were always serving warrants until they were told not to do so by Lyons and Sigsworth and that fat jale wardan Dempsey, because there were to many people in jail. You must serve those warrants no matter what. Sheriff Mckeen it's just too bad that you are leaving us. Officially you should be the Sheriff of Erie County. That would be great her being the first female sheriff of Erie County.

Anonymous

I have to disagree with you on just one point you made, who says the commissioners, Murray and Crandall started this mess? You might want to double check your information. From what I can see....Chief Nuesse started this mess. As for Julie, she has my vote....that's right...you go girl.

Bill T.

How about if all the commissioners, the law director, the prosecutor, judges and the entire Sandusky Register staff all resign tomorrow? Would that satisfy all of you horrible crumudgeons out there? I guess you'd probably shrivel up and die because you wouldn't have any thing to b$$ch about anymore.

Anonymous

Yes, I will agree with you totally. It is my understanding that Ms. Nuesse was asked several questions by her "bosses" the commissioners, she got her back up about the content of these questions, and ran out and obtained the services of Mr. Bailey after screaming "WITCH HUNT". Gee, wish that's all I had to do whenever my bosses got upset with me.

Anonymous

The only thing I have to complain about is Westerhold and the SR dictating what others should believe. I'm sick of reading about Nuesse everyday. Change the subject Matt!! You are obsessive compulsive about this chic. There's gotta be other things going on in Erie County other than her.

Anonymous

To the person who responded on May 9th about dressing for success:

I don’t have the Sandusky mentality because I am not from here. I have lived across the country for the past 20 years and have landed here. Therefore, I can assure you that successful people don’t always wear ‘pretty pant suits” or shirts and ties to be successful. You indicate that you are in sales, and you actually believe your suit and tie get you the deal. You are wrong. I have taught sales techniques for years and although a nice tie may make a good first impression – that is all it is. Very successful leaders of high profile companies wear khakis and golf shirts to work. That is the new and improved method of showing a human side to senior leadership. Scholarly studies have proved that it works – you may think your opinion matters, however, empirical studies prove opinions wrong daily. And on another note, yes, Sandusky is different than large cities. I have lived in New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and there are many contrasts (positive and negative) between the two. This town knows their city and county commissioners. Many of them went to school together. I can assure you, people who wear ties and starched white shirts are not more successful than those who don’t. It’s a preference by some people – they feel powerful when they are dressed like that. It doesn’t mean that they are. If you study leadership psychology, you would have a greater understanding of that. So – for you – the successful person in sales who responded on May 9th, and indicated: “That mentality is exactly what is wrong with Sandusky”,
perhaps stating an uneducated opinion is the mentality that is wrong with this area. I’m not a native, so my mentality is completely different. I know what works outside of this town…perhaps the natives should look outside of their little box of opinions and discover what successful (and perhaps – even risk takers) are doing elsewhere.

Anonymous

truth is that Matt and the Register set the tone for what is going on in the communuity by their front page news, editorials and screening of blogs; the accusation of taping would not surprise me at all; perhaps it's time for new leadership at the Register that would "report" the news and try to put a positive outlook on our community and try to solve some of our problems rather than continue to fan the flames

Anonymous

Matt, two questions:
1.) Why do you refer to yourself as or even imply that you are a "journalist," especially when REAL journalists (i.e., people who work for other papers) could likely mount a good case of slander agasint you for it?

2.) Since when did breaching any ethics code become taboo for you? Remember CHL? That was outright illegal. Everything else you've ever done has breached ethics codes, so why start worrying about them now?

Anonymous

By the way Westerhold I droped your paper for good,because you took out the good comic strips.

Anonymous

Isn't it interesting, that the ministerial group wants to investigate Mr. Murray and friends. Mr. Murray, a local democrat running for the vacated Redfern seat, is in the crosshairs of the Holier than Thou group. And to think that Mr. Enderly, (Mr. Murray's election foe) a STRONG christian is being supported by some of these same investigating ministers. Let's call for a REAL INVESTIGATION you men of cloth. Remember , God is watching, and I'm sure she's not happy!

Anonymous

and if Matt would ever leave he can take along a few of the wanna be trustees, commissioners and dispatch members that seem to be the center of the negative and hounding of officials like the hounding of Nuesse and McClung and it is evident that a few of them have an axe to grind

Anonymous

is a freaking joke anyhow...what does it matter

Anonymous

Matt Westerhold's newest blog....JUST IN

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

Anonymous

please tell that leftist radical chuck hoerfteiufu or what ever is name is to cut his hair, the 60's are over

Anonymous

I agree. First you have to KNOW how to dress, second you have to have class to KNOW how to dress! Who in their right mind would EVER consider letting this wench open her trap! Truly, someone should get a leash on that thing! She had NO business sepaking up the way she did, talking to citizens the way she did, nor dressing the way she did! She IS an embarrassment to us classy educated women! Surely if someone had run at the time she was appointed, she CLEARLY would have LOST! GET RID OF THAT JUNK!!!

Anonymous

Who in the world does this loud mouth think she is? Before proclaiming someone "taped" her phone calls, she better have some sort of proof! Then again, look at Westerhold. His opinions are so far fetched and lack basis most of the time. I'm curious, is Matt and Kim a thing? Do they see one another on the side? Or is the plan in the works and that's why he defends her and ONLY her?

Anonymous

Well......YOU sure don't sound very classy and educated to me with what and the way you just ranted through that blog! Talk about an embarrassment to WOMEN.(notice, I didn't even have to put the 'ol dreaded word "educated" in there) you can have brains without being one of those born with a silver spoon in their mouth lucky enough to have mommy and daddy send them off to get e-d-u-c-a-t-ed.I know alot of intelligent people with just a high school diploma,you don't seem to fit in there anywhere. You might be someone with a personal grudge for Julie maybe stemming way back to high school or something? Maybe she has a better job than you do? Tell us, just exactly was that rant really all about? The way I see it, she was sticking up for herself when Westerhold was trying to make a fool of her. Maybe you need to stick to what this mess is really all about and that would be Nuesse. Have a good day Ms. Classy Educated Woman.

Anonymous

Don't mention education for some reason it ruffles feathers. Only reason you poke fun at educated people is because you had no motivation to better yourself and think people who have degrees owe you something. Just watching the video she needs no help making herself look foolish. Doesn't the headline say she is wrong. The reason you see a babbling, yelling, confused,ranting is for one reason only lack of education. They delete my comments when I mention this wonder why

Anonymous

Education you say? Doesn't look like the blogger Re RE Nice Outfit Julie can read. Who mentioned Julie's lack of education? I suspect it has more to do with her tack and common sense, something this woman clearly did not exhibit. You are correct in stating that some smart people only have a high school education. So sorry for them that they were not fortunate enough to experience college. I personally do not have a grudge against anyone. I am simply stating that this woman one in a authoritative position who clearly should not be if she can not handle herself when issues become a little heated. One in her position must KNOW how to deal with people reasonably- THAT MY FRIEND- may be done by anyone- even one with a limited education.

Anonymous

My feathers were not ruffled. As I remember it is always the college educated that poke the fun, not the little 'ol pee on people. Like I said, you are just lucky that you had a mommy and daddy that could afford to do so, some of us just weren't that fortunate. Many of my family members have gone on to college and they would NEVER acted like they are better than anyone. In the end, we are all equal, YOU are not ABOVE ME. Have a good day.

Anonymous

I looks to me like you are the one who cannot read. My blog was in reference to RE NICE OUTFIT JULIE. Yes, she DOES mention education, and class at that. I watched the video also, I see nothing that she did that was out of order. What are you people making such a big deal about if for. I don't know if she was recorded or not but for some reason she thinks she was. Would you be upset if that happened to you? Bottom line, she did not act as bad as you people are saying.

Anonymous

There is going to be an open seat on the commission. All of you that have so much negativity about the commissioners should keep that in mind and go for that seat!

Anonymous

I guess the thing that bothers me is people who brag that they only have a high school diploma and they are usually ignorant loud mouth people who always know it all . 90% of the time they show how unqualified they are. I am not concerned with having the training that is equivilent of bla bla bla. You have a degree from an college or training school or you don;t . If I took piano lessons for 1 year I could claim I was a musician. Dietary what does that have to do with making decisions that concern our city. Perhaps she could serve the other commissioners a balanced meal .

Anonymous

WHAT IN THE HECK ARE YOU BABBLING ON ABOUT? You are not all there. Go back to your books and get over yourself.

NineMM

RE:RE: JASKFOO..................When you open your mouth or type a comment your ignorance shows. Do you mean Julie works in dietary? Wrong again. She is recreation director at OVH and she is a darn good one. I know from the experience with my late father-in-law. Julie and staff set up to have dinners on holidays for the families of the old soldiers. It was a real special time to be able to spend the holiday with Pop. I can only hope that Jules is still on staff when my tired sick old veteran a$$ can't take care of myself any more. It doesn't matter what a commissioner does for a living as long as they are as passionate as Julie to serve our citizens. I think she's the best we got. Murray, Stahl, Crandall, and the rest of these guys don't have the ba11s or a$$ to stand up to the paper. We either have the do little or do nothing at city hall. In spite of her inexperience, she's willing to take a stand in her beliefs.

Anonymous

Einstein Perhaps if you read previous blogs you would have read someone trying to explain her educational background which amounts to nothing. Someone became all upset with me asking wander who. And yes a nursing home is where you need to be so you can sniff her but some more. The blog says she has the equivalent of a two year degree in dietary I believe she is a therapist not the director correct me if I am wrong does she supervise a department of workers

NineMM

@ blablabla.............Maybe she isn't the director, who cares. I'm saying she does a good job. I do know that. Maybe you should go get your GED, because you sure can't spell. It doesn't matter what you do. It doesn't matter what degree you have or in what. Anyone can run for commissioner. I think she's better than most of them. Your butt comment proves you don't have much brains or a life. Please, do tell me how educated you are.

Anonymous

My name is Petey and I have big balls

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