Sandie Walker sworn in on York City Council

Julia Scheib

A few minutes after Sandie Walker was sworn in as a member of York City Council, Carol Hill-Evans, who was re-elected as council president, appointed her to chair the council's police and fire committees.

Carol Hill-Evans

"I'm ready to get to work," Walker said later. "It's going to be busy."

The newest member of the council said she's looking forward to meeting with department directors and learning how things operate in the city.

As chair of the two subcommittees, she said, she will serve as a liaison between the council and the departments and will be in charge of scheduling meetings to discuss issues that affect the fire and police departments, such as resolutions the council is slated to act on.

Sandie Walker, the newest member of York City Council, is sworn in. (Julia Scheib - The York Dispatch)

Walker worked for the city for six years, first as a health education specialist and then as a youth program coordinator.

"Being on the other side will be different," she said.

Other business: After Hill-Evans was elected council president, she nominated Councilman Michael Helfrich as council vice president. Both will serve two-year terms in their respective offices.

Helfrich replaces Councilman Henry Nixon as vice president, and Hill-Evans begins her ninth year as council president.

In addition to voting in officers, appointing a new treasurer and reorganizing various subcommittees, the council fixed the bonds for both the city treasurer and the city controller at $6 million and $10,000, respectively.

"Anyone that handles the income and expenses of the city is required to have a bond," said newly sworn in treasurer Joe Jefcoat.

The bond insures the city, the county and the school district in case of fraud by anyone who is employed by either office, he said.

"Should something happen in the treasurer's office during an audit or anytime during the year, should there be a shortfall, the money will go to the taxing entities," he said.

The bond amounts differ so much, controller Robert Lambert said, because of the different functions of the offices. The treasurer's office collects revenue for the city and the school district, and salaries in that office are paid by both entities, he said. Because multiple entities are involved, and because the treasurer's office collects such a large amount every year in taxes, fines and fees, it costs more to insure.

Because the controller's office just deals with city expenditures, it costs less to back up.

When an insurance company determines the bond amount, Jefcoat said, many factors are taken into account, including the money collected and spent, the process by which the city makes financial transactions — how much control is applied — and even the personal finances of the elected heads of each office.

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