Schreiber
Schreiber

For at least the next few months, Kevin Schreiber will remain a York City employee.

The city's director of community and economic development had planned to resign his position Friday, the day before the Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party is expected to select Schreiber as Democrats' official nominee for the 95th state House District.

Schreiber cited the Hatch Act - a 1939 federal law that prohibited state and local employees whose jobs are tied to federal funding from participating in partisan elections - as the reason for his resignation.

But, Schreiber said, he found out soon after his announcement that Congress had passed the Hatch Act Modernization Act on Dec. 19, 2012.

The updated law relieves most restrictions on state and local employees. They are now subject to the Hatch Act only if their salaries are entirely funded by federal loans or grants. The changes went into effect Jan. 27.

On Thursday, Schreiber said he's decided not to resign. Instead, he'll stay on the job at least until May 21, the day of the special election for the 95th state House District.

"The law obviously permits me to do that now," he said. "It's nice to not have to abruptly leave."

Mayor Kim Bracey said she's glad Schreiber will be sticking around.

"We have a lot of things in the hopper that we need to keep hopping on," she said.

If Schreiber wins the election in May, the mayor said she will likely appoint someone from outside the city payroll to replace him.

Schreiber said he's looking forward to campaigning and, he hopes, serving as a state representative.

"But these next 100-plus days, these next few months in York City life, we have a lot of very exciting things on the horizon," he said.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.