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Chief Kim Nuesse

In January 2011, the Village welcomed 27-year veteran Kim Nuesse as Minerva Park's new police chief. With an impressive array of credentials, she came to us after a nationwide search that yielded applicants as far away as Alaska.

Her law enforcement career began March 1983 as a Campus Police Officer for Xavier University. She moved to Law Enforcement Officer for the University of Cincinnati OH (Mar 1985 - Jan 1991) and Police Sergeant for the City of Loveland OH (Mar 1994 - Jul 2004).

As a Lieutenant, Administration Bureau Commander, and Acting Chief of Reynoldsburg OH (Jul 2004 - Jul 2006), she:

  • supervised personnel assigned to the detective bureau, support services, property and evidence division, court liaison officers, community services officers and CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, calea.org) accreditation process.
  • managed CALEA accreditation.
  • developed and administered training programs for the entire agency, including civilian personnel.
  • wrote and implemented federal and state grant funding.
  • conducted internal investigations.
  • managed large case investigations including multijurisdictional cases.
  • partnered with HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas of the Office of National Drug Control Policy).
  • restored and restructured the narcotics drug investigation unit.

As the Police Chief for Sandusky OH (Aug 2006 - Jun 2008), she:

  • implemented a violent crime task force of federal, state, and regional law enforcement leading to more than 50% reduction of violent crime within one year.
  • started the Firelands Association of Chiefs of Police in Erie County (elected President in Feb 2008).
  • restored the relationship of trust between the minority community and Police Department through various efforts, including revamping the citizen complaint and investigation process.
  • was selected as the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police representative on the executive committee of the Northern Border Initiative, Ohio Homeland Security.
  • initiated regional SWAT team collaboration and coordinated training.
  • reorganized the Police Department structure and streamlined delivery of services and training.
  • served as Chairman of the Sandusky Records Commission.
  • participated in regional dispatch efforts.

Additionally, she is an Adjunct Instructor (Jun 2006 - present) at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (Evanston IL), teaching budgeting curriculum to police executives nationally and advising executives on best practices regarding municipal budgeting.

In June 2008, she was fired as Sandusky's Police Chief, later reinstated in full on all four counts, and the City continues to appeal one finding. Additionally, her countersuit to the city is pending. Nonetheless, she ran successfully for Sandusky's City Commissioner position, garnering an impressive 25.15% of the votes in a field of 7 candidates, her next rival receiving only 16.42% of the votes.

As a Sandusky City Commissioner (Jan - Dec 2010), she:

  • advocated for and enacted a balanced budget with falling revenues and a $1 million deficit.
  • addressed difficult public relations issues during union contract negotiations.
  • conducted press conferences, voted on proposed legislation, evaluated and managed four charter officers.
  • formed a focus group of business people and citizens to research and implement a cooperative satellite college campus and incubator.
  • advocated for fiscal responsibility and excellent delivery of government services through an efficiency assessment of safety services by the ICMA (International City/County Management Association, Leaders at the Core of Better Communities), including key budget savings measures and efficiencies.
  • supported and implemented a master economic plan for the city and master planning for all park areas.

Chief Nuesse has prior extensive media experience, including hosting and producing a cable television show for law enforcement in the Cincinnati area, writing a local newspaper column, and hosting & producing a regional show for a Christian radio station in the Toledo-Cleveland area. She helped establish a juvenile intervention program and created a regional safety program for children, initiatives that were featured in the Ohio Police Chiefs magazine. She also created a defensive tactics program for police officers and is a former D.A.R.E. officer and crime prevention specialist. She has served as a narcotics unit and major crimes unit supervisor and as a SWAT supervisor.

She is a graduate of Xavier University, holding a bachelor's degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership, and a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College. She received the Andrew C. Eustis Leadership Award (Xavier University, 2001), the Top Cop Award (Clermont County Citizens Law Enforcement Association, 2003), and the Outstanding Community Service Award for her work with the minority community (City of Sandusky Human Relations Commission, 2007). She is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Nuesse is married to husband Jim and has six children. She is an avid volunteer and has served on the school boards of a private Montessori school and a private Christian school and on the board of the Sandusky Salvation Army. She is active in her local church and enjoys martial arts, softball, and theatre.