Son's $50K city job on the line after alleged attack on Mayor Bracey

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

More than a week after allegedly attacking his mother, York City Mayor Kim Bracey, at her campaign headquarters, Brandon Anderson's status as an employee at the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant remains up in the air.

Anderson is a shift supervisor at the plant, overseeing four or five people when he's on the job, according to Frank Campagne, the plant's general manager.

According to the city's 2017 budget approved in December, operations shift supervisors make between $48,518 and $53,993 per year.

Brandon Anderson

Anderson remains on the plant's staffing list, but it is unclear if he will still be working at the plant following his Sept. 30 arrest for allegedly punching Bracey and kicking her while after she hit the ground.

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"He's in our staffing list, (but) right now with this incident, we don't know what the status of him is," Campagne said, adding that he could only divulge limited information.

Business administrator Michael Doweary released a statement Monday saying that no person in the city government is allowed to comment on personnel issues.

"The city can confirm that Brandon Anderson is an employee of the city, but cannot answer any further inquiries about his status as an employee at this time," Doweary said.

Anderson, of the 900 block of East Market Street, is accused of punching Bracey in the face about 11:15 a.m. Sept. 30. After knocking her to the ground, Anderson kicked Bracey in the back, head and face before trying to hit the two-term mayor with a wooden flagpole, according to the charges filed that day by York City Police.

Mayor C. Kim Bracey's campaign headquarters at 153 South Beaver St. in York City, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Anderson was stopped by a bystander before he hit Bracey with the flagpole, according to charging documents. 

Anderson is charged with one misdemeanor count of simple assault and one summary count of harassment.

The York City Wastewater Treatment Plant has a staff of about 40 people, with four or five managers above Anderson in the plant's management structure, Campagne said.

Campagne said the decision to continue or end Anderson's employment at the Wastewater Treatment Plant will come from York City Hall and the Office of Human Resources, under the purview of Doweary.

When contacted about 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, Doweary confirmed Anderson was an employee of the city, but Doweary said he would not be making any further comments on Anderson's employment status.

City Council president Michael Helfrich voiced an opinion on Anderson's continued employment with the city.

"Any employee who causes physical harm to another employee should be relieved of their duties," he said. Helfrich is challenging Bracey in the November election as the Republican candidate for mayor.

Councilwoman Renee Nelson said she didn't want to comment on Anderson specifically, but she said the city has rules to cover this sort of situation.

"We have laws and rules for police records for employees, " Nelson said. "Certain laws you can't break and work for us."

She said the council had input on these laws, but she doesn't recall what they were.

York City Public Works Director Chaz Green and York City Police Chief Wes Kahley did not respond to voicemails Monday, Oct. 9, seeking comment about Anderson's employment and arrest.

Bracey declined to comment about her son's employment status on the record.

A preliminary hearing for Anderson is scheduled for 10:15 a.m Friday, Oct. 13, at District Judge Joel Toluba's office