The investigation into three years of York City Human Relations Commission casework is complete.

The commission will "most likely" discuss the results of that report at its Monday, March 18, meeting said Ralph Serpe. He's treasurer of the volunteer board that oversees a quasi-independent city department authorized to investigate allegations of discrimination.

The board placed executive director Stephanie Seaton on paid administrative leave Nov. 19. Citing a lack of confidence in the accuracy of Seaton's monthly reports, they hired attorney Sean Summers to audit the commission's casework.

Serpe declined Thursday to comment on Summers' findings. He said he's not yet sure if the public will have access to the report because it contains both personal and personnel information.

"That may preclude us from making it a public document," Serpe said.

The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 18 at City Hall, 101 S. George St.

Mayor's input: York City Mayor Kim Bracey said recently she'll continue to support the commission's efforts.

The day after none of the commission's six members showed up for a regularly scheduled Feb. 18 meeting, Bracey said she would be consulting with the city's solicitor to determine what the administration can do about an agency that seemed to be unraveling.

The commission, authorized to function with 11 members, is down to six. Chairwoman Dolores Abreu was the most recent to resign on Dec. 17.


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For any other city department, the mayor has supervisory power. But, when it comes to the HRC, the mayor's role is limited to appointing commissioners, who also must be confirmed by the York City Council.

At this point, there's not much the mayor can do, Bracey said.

"I'm going to remain supportive of them," she said.

The city approved a 2013 budget with funding for the commission, and -- at least until the end of the year -- it's up to the volunteers to spend that money, Bracey said.

"I know they want to use those resources wisely," she said.

York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans said her patience with the commission is running out.

"They need to get this moving. It's been way too long," Hill-Evans said. "You have an employee out there who's basically getting paid to do nothing."

The vacancies: As for the vacancies, Bracey said she's not been contacted by any volunteers willing to serve. Nor has the commission forwarded any recommended appointments, as has typically been the process in the past, she said.

"I am sure if we had people willing and ready to volunteer time to serve on the YCHRC we would agree to speak with the commissioners and likely move forward with appointments," Bracey said in an email.

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