West York council president apologizes; forensic audit still on the table

Jana Benscoter
York Dispatch
West York Borough Council members still want to entertain hearing from an auditor, who can give them insight on a forensic audit. (Jana Benscoter)
  • “When I adjourned the last meeting...I’ll admit my mistakes,” President Mary Wagner said. “I adjourned it incorrectly, so that won’t happen again.”

West York's borough council president apologized Monday, June 18, for abruptly ending the council’s last meeting.

Mary Wagner noted the borough's public comment policy before admitting she made a mistake at the earlier meeting. 

On June 4, she asked police Chief Matt Millsaps to escort Mayor Shawn Mauck out of the council's meeting. Mauck did not leave.

“When I adjourned the last meeting ... I’ll admit my mistakes,” Wagner said. “I adjourned it incorrectly, so that won’t happen again.”

She asked residents wanting to speak during public comment — whether they have signed up or not — to make sure she knows they would like to address the council. Each person has five minutes allotted to them, Wagner added. 

President Mary Wagner apologized for actions taken during the Monday, June 4 borough council meeting, when she abruptly adjourned it. (Submitted)

“As I said, (your comments have) to deal with what’s on the agenda,” she explained. “Once public comment is over, that’s it.”

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Councilman Richie Stahle added that residents can comment on a board action prior to the execution of a vote.

The previous meeting became heated when Mauck and former mayor Charles Wasko disagreed about the state of the borough's finances.

Wasko, who was forced to resign in 2016 because of racist Facebook posts, also pushed Mauck for answers as to why meeting minutes have not been posted online or made available to the public. 

Wasko still regularly attends council meetings and speaks during public comment. 

Borough Manager Linda Diaz said Monday, June 18, that meeting minutes are being uploaded to a Google Drive document. Once council members read and approve them, she explained, they will be available for the public’s inspection.

Council members voted 6-1 in March to explore hiring a forensic auditor. Council member Alan Vandersloot voted no. 

Manager Linda Diaz said meeting minutes will be uploaded to a Google Doc, and soon ready for public inspection. (Submitted)

Diaz noted at the Monday, June 4, meeting that she would try to have an auditor attend the Monday, June 18, borough council meeting to educate members on a forensic audit.

No auditor attended the June 18 meeting.

A forensic audit is used to examine and evaluate specific financial information and can be used as evidence in court, borough solicitor Mieke Driscoll has said.  

Wagner confirmed that council members still want an auditor to attend an upcoming meeting so members can gain a deeper understanding of a forensic audit.

"It will happen sometime in July," Wagner said.