West York approves new contract, pay raise for manager Shawn Mauck

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Shawn Mauck, the West York borough manager, treasurer, secretary and code enforcement officer, is getting a raise.

Mauck has a new contract with the borough, which the council approved in a 6-1 vote at its Sept. 16 meeting.

“I will work my damnedest every day to make sure that we keep moving forward, because the borough deserves to have that kind of management,” he said at the council meeting.

Mauck will be paid a salary of $75,500 per year for a minimum of 45 hours of work each week, which is about $32.26 per hour, and he will not be eligible for overtime pay. The contract also includes benefits, paid time off and a cellphone for conducting borough business.

Previously, he earned $30 per hour for 40 hours a week, which amounted to $62,400 a year without benefits. At that rate, working 45 hours a week would amount to $70,200 per year.

Council members Mary Wagner, Richie Stahle, Wayne Leedy, Alan Vandersloot, Annette Christine and Brian Wilson voted yes. Councilwoman Mildred Tavarez voted no.

Tavarez didn't comment during the meeting about why she voted against the contract and could not be reached by phone after the meeting.

Wagner, the council president, has sparred with Mauck in the past, particularly when he was the mayor.

She notably asked police to remove Mauck from a council meeting in June 2018 over a disagreement about Mauck addressing former Mayor Charles Wasko, who was present at the meeting. (Mauck was not removed, but Wagner adjourned the meeting and took the council into an executive session.)

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West York Borough Manager Shawn Mauck spoke to a reporter in February 2018 when he was still mayor of the borough.

"A lot of you are wondering why I voted yes," Wagner said about the contract. "I had a lot of thinking to do, and I’ve got to tell you, this guy here has done one hell of a job for this borough."

As borough manager and in his other administrative roles, Mauck has helped recoup costs, saved money and is bringing new businesses into the borough, she said.

Councilman Wayne Leedy also praised Mauck for helping the borough get out from under the shadow of a state audit that revealed poor money management and disorganization.

Leedy said it was "remarkable" to see the turnaround over the past 10 months since Mauck took over the administration.

"We’re no longer always looking over our shoulder, looking backward," Leedy said. "We’re now looking forward."

Mauck became mayor of West York in October 2016 after serving on the borough council. The council appointed him to replace Wasko, who resigned after a public backlash against racist posts on his Facebook profile.

In February 2019, Mauck resigned as mayor to take over as borough manager, secretary, treasurer and code enforcement officer.

Mauck used to work in the office of state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

The borough council will have to vote to renew Mauck's contract at its reorganization meeting in January. If the council votes to renew, the contract will be in effect for two more years.

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