Mayor’s son on paid leave from $52K city job after alleged attack

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Brandon Anderson Sr. is on paid leave from his $52,000 job at the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant after allegedly attacking his mother, York City Mayor Kim Bracey, at the end of September.

Anderson requested a leave of absence from his position as an operations shift supervisor before human resources officials were aware of his Sept. 30 arrest on simple assault and harassment charges for allegedly assaulting Bracey, York City Business Administrator Michael Doweary said Thursday, Oct. 12.

Brandon Anderson

Citing advice from the city’s legal counsel, Doweary said he could not provide any detail about what type of leave — medical or administrative — Anderson is on.

Doweary also indicated Anderson’s leave is not indefinite, but he reiterated that he could not provide any further details about Anderson’s employment with the city.

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Anderson, 30, of the 900 block of East Market Street in York City, was arrested about 11:15 a.m. Sept. 30 at Bracey’s campaign headquarters on South Beaver Street after punching Bracey in the face and then kicking her while she was on the ground, according to charges filed by York City Police  that day.

Anderson also attempted to hit Bracey with a wooden flagpole before being stopped by a bystander, according to charging documents. 

The mayor’s son spent nearly a week in custody after his arrest; he was released from York County Prison on Friday, Oct. 6.

$25.01 per hour: Since Anderson’s arrest was made public just hours after his release, The York Dispatch has tried repeatedly to obtain information from York City officials about his employment, including his job title, salary and date of hire, among other information.

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Doweary and Frank Campagne, the wastewater treatment plant’s general manager, confirmed Monday, Oct. 9, that Anderson is an operations shift supervisor at the plant, but additional information from officials has been hard to come by.

Doweary released a statement later that day citing “longstanding city policy” that “no person employed by the city” can speak about personnel issues.

An aerial view of the York City Wastewater Treatment Plant on Black Bridge Road in Manchester Township.

Despite officials’ reluctance to provide information about Anderson, The York Dispatch received Anderson’s employment records just hours after filing Right-to-Know requests Thursday, Oct. 12, with the solicitor’s office.

Anderson earns $25.01 per hour as an operations shift supervisor at the wastewater treatment plant, according to his employment records.

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Anderson was hired in March 2007 as a collection operator at the plant, with a starting wage of $16.89 per hour, according to employment records. He was promoted to his current position in January 2011, with his wage rising to $20.92 per hour. 

After working 180 days as a shift supervisor, Anderson’s wage was increased in October 2011 to $21.98 per hour. 

Then-York City Mayor John Brenner signed off on Anderson’s hire in April 2007, while Bracey was serving in his administration as director of community and economic development.

Multiple attempts by The York Dispatch have been unsuccessful in trying to determine who will make the final decision on Anderson’s employment and whether Bracey has played any role in the decision-making process. 

York City solicitors Don Hoyt and Jason Sabol have not provided any clarification as to the city’s policy prohibiting city employees from speaking about personnel matters or who will determine Anderson’s employment status.