West York now has a full complement of council members after the council and the one-man vacancy board voted on Monday to fill two open seats.
One of the appointed council members is just three years out of college, while the second selection is a veteran of the board, having served a term previously.
Garrett Wampler, 23, said he was prompted to seek the seat because he believes that in order to make the borough a better place, it has to happen from the top down, starting at the council.
He also told council members during the interview process that some of the sense of the community was lost over the past year or two when council meetings were rife with infighting. Wampler, a draftsman at Woody Associates Inc. in York City, said he wants to change that and will "lead by example."
"I plan on starting a family here," Wampler said.
Second selection: Joe Mummert, 76, was the second person selected to serve on the council.
The retired truck driver previously served on from 2008 to 2012 but was ousted when he lost the 2011 election. Mummert also had a bid for a council seat in 2013 but also lost in the election.
"I just want to help out," Mummert said. "I'm glad I'm back."
Mummert and Wampler were selected from a field of six candidates who submitted applications to serve on the council until year's end. They fill the seats left vacant when Steve Herman and Nancy Laird resigned from their posts at the end of 2013.
Mummert was appointed by a 5-1 vote with Varlen Gibbs, who sits on the vacancy board, voting against. Wampler was appointed by 5-2 vote with council members Mary Wagner and Nick Laughman voting against.
Wampler is 2007 graduate of West York Area High School and a 2011 graduate of York College.
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