Ruling expected in Nuesse 'integrity probe'

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

 

Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette is expected to rule today whether Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse is entitled to receive documents related to the secret investigation of the secret allegations against her.

But nothing is normal or fair about this integrity probe.

1. It was launched by city manager Matt Kline, who lied when he said the police department never investigates itself and the entire department had complained about Nuesse.

2. The private law firm hired by the city to conduct the probe makes threats against Nuesse about un-specified criminal charges that might be filed even though that law firm has no authority to conduct a criminal probe.

3. That same law firm sends out a "whisper in my ear" news release asking anyone who'd like to to make additional secret allegations against the chief.

4. The city followed no established protocols or standard operational procedures in this “witch hunt.”

Maybe residents will know more after Binette rules today, but don’t count on it. There appears to be an agenda. Kline and city commissioners Dennis Murray Jr., Craig Stahl and Brian Crandall plan to stick with that agenda regardless of what is right, fair or appropriate. Binette’s court case is likely just the beginning of a long string of tortuous litigation.

The lawyers win and taxpayers lose. Big time. Go figure.

Comments

Anonymous

One of the few articles of yours that I
agree with.

Anonymous

if the taxpayers, administrators, & legislators want to cleanse the air and breath hope into the city it's quite simple. remove one name from the public's tax burden: DON ICSMAN. it's up to the seven elected commissioners. if four say go then sandusky has a chance; if not, the city will continue to fall deeper into the abyss. his record speaks for itself. it really is that simple....

Anonymous

it'll never happen... icsman controls everyone. kline never had a chance & the commission has been lead around by the nose. so sad, but so very true.

Anonymous

I agree with the other posts. As a long time resident of Sandusky it has amazed me to watch the power that Don Icsman has consolidated. Whenever there has been issues with people working in the administration, (some names I recall are Mulvin, Schee, Poggiali, to name a few)
Icsman is there in the beginning and then he disappears. Don Iscman has proven over his ten years at city hall that he is the one in charge. Just ask the 3 city managers that Sandusky has gone through during his tenure. To bad, Matt Kline will be the 4th to leave under Don Icsman's watch.

Anonymous

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Anonymous

Good points Matt. You nailed it right on the head. There are reputations at stake here with the five that are involved. I expect to see five heads roll on this sooner or later. I think a deal was made with Crandall and I am sure there is more to come. As for the local judge deciding all this, I think it should be taken to another venue because all the people in town are tied together. This whole matter of dispatch has opened pandora's box. Sooner or later this has to come out because they can't sit on it forever.

Anonymous

Don't forget "I've been working on dispatch for ten years" Meinzer!

Anonymous

Matt, Keep track of the total cost. My estimate is $150,000.00 when you add up unproductive hours, lawyer fees, investigation costs and wages paid while on leave.

Anonymous

you use the "whisper" in point # 3. if memory serves me correct the word "whisper" was used when don icsman, gerald lechner, bob shultz, and mike kresser dispatched dave mulvin out the door. the only one left fron the original "whisper campaign" is don c. icsman. i wonder who the author is on nuesse's "whisper scam"?

Anonymous

Matt, what is your reason for sticking your nose into this? Its obvious you have no idea what is going on. You're supposed to be this hot shot newsman, so shouldnt you know that an investigation like this, until completed, can not be told to the public. It is your paper that has made such a fiasco out of this and now you are the ones stirring up all these questions. If I were you, I would quit while you're ahead on this. You are fighting a losing battle as is she....you obviously have no integrity and all you are looking for is to sell papers, all the while you are hanging the PD out to dry....good looking out Matt and I will be anxiously awaiting your reply when this all comes out.

Anonymous

Re: Your angle. It is the job of a newspaper to ask questions and attempt to keep the public informed. It is one of the few things that help to keep us a somewhat free society. We cannot depend upon any facet of government to be truthful; hence the need for a free press to help assure some semblance of transparency....it is unfortunate that the mindset of a lot of those posting here is that this paper is sub-standard and has its own agenda. Of course they want to sell papers, it is a requirement to remain in business. Beyond that, if they ask questions and probe for the truth we may have a chance at continued free society.

Anonymous

The author is a city employee in management who is involved in dispatch.

Anonymous

Re: Matt not Westerhold. It is the newspaper's job to keep the readers informed (of the facts!). However, Mr. Westerhold doesn't report the facts, he only reports his opinion(which really isn't worth all that much, especially the $.50 I pay for the paper).

Anonymous

Hey,
Nobody makes you buy the paper.

Anonymous

If one connects the dots it appears that the all three city commissioners and the city manager may be all liable in a potential defamation lawsuit if there is nothing to this investigation other than an effort to trap the police chief in some kind of trumped up witch hunt charges perhaps linked to some unhappy SPD staff concerned about losing some cushy dispatch jobs....that may explain why Murry reversed his direction on the dispatch timeline. If there are no criminal charges forthcoming, the police chief needs to take all of the "good ol boys" to task based on what was disclosed in this editorial if indeed a the criminal threat charge comment was made by Murman as reported above....who gave him that idea...who?

Anonymous

Maybe Don Icsman is the only fair person sitting on that board, that looks at every angle. I believe what I know of the man, he has a matern of thinking for others good, not for himself.

Anonymous

Well, SR, where is the story on the ruling?

Anonymous

SR, did it not go her way or what? Is that why there is no story?

Anonymous

To re-whisper: You obviously do not know Icsman as well as you think you do. Using fair and Icsman in the same sentence is the greatest oxymoron in the english language. I have talked to this person and I feel slimey after getting through with him. He would work out fine working for the mafia, oh wait, he is. The two commissioners who think they are gods of this city.

Anonymous

Soon Matt you will have egg all over that face of yours and I will be LAUGHING!!!! So Very Hard!!!!!!!!!! Then what will you write about??? I have a pot hole outside my house that needs filled maybe you can interrogate the street department and interview the pot hole and see how neglected it has been and then Don Lee can draw a picture of street workers...uhm...not filling the pot hole.....