York City Council appoints new controller

Jason Addy
  • AliceAnne Frost, 32, will replace Robert Lambert as York City controller.
  • Frost must submit a $10,000 bond to the city by Feb. 24 in order to be sworn into office.

The York City Council filled the vacancy in the city controller’s office during a special session of its meeting Wednesday night.

The council was unanimous in appointing AliceAnne Frost, 32, to the position.

York City Controller candidate AliceAnne D. Frost, answers an interview question from York City Council President Michael Ray Helfrich, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at City Hall. Amanda J. Cain photo

Frost must submit a $10,000 bond to the city by Feb. 24 to be sworn in and begin her new role.

Frost serves as the CEO of The Program, a nonprofit organization based in Harrisburg. The Program helps ex-offenders re-enter society upon their release from prison.

After graduating from York College in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Frost said, she worked as a public accountant in Lancaster and as an accounting manager in Hanover.

Frost juggled her full-time job in Hanover with the responsibilities of being CFO of The Program. She recently left her full-time job in Hanover to become CEO of the nonprofit.

When asked how she would manage the workload of the controller’s office and her job as nonprofit CEO, Frost said she has had plenty of experience juggling responsibilities, having graduated from college in three years while working full time.

Frost replaces former York City Controller Robert Lambert, who left at the end of last year to focus on his new position as president of the York County Library System.

Frost will serve as city controller until the end of the year, as appointments by the council only last until the position can be filled during the next municipal election, York City Council President Michael Helfrich said.

However, Frost said she intends to run in the May 16 primary to secure a full term in the $20,000-a-year position.

“Anything that I want to do, I want to do it long-term,” Frost told the council. “I don’t ever step into anything without trying to look at the future.”

Frost said she will bring the same passion and integrity she shows for her nonprofit work to the city controller’s office and will look to build on Lambert’s work.

Frost, who has lived in the city for six years, said she wants to become an integral part of the community and hopes her story will inspire young people in York City.

“(I want) to teach my kids, and even younger people in this community, that … if you really put your mind to it and work hard, you can achieve it,” Frost said.