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For second time this year, North York council member announces resignation

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Bill Jackson's chair sits vacant as the North York Borough Council meeting starts, Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Jackson resigned from the council, his position was filled by council member Jamie Moore.
John A. Pavoncello photo

A North York borough council member who, earlier this year, said she would resign before changing her mind, now says she will resign in January. But this time, the resignation does not involve a political dispute, she said. 

Borough council member Jamie Moore said via email that she plans to vacate her position in January because she is moving out of North York borough. 

"I haven’t resigned my seat but intend to in January as my husband and I have purchased a new home outside of the borough," Moore said. "I am not aware of anyone actively seeking a seat on council at this point."

Moore was promoted in October to vice president of the borough council after Bill Jackson, who previously filled the role, resigned.

North York Borough Council member Jamie Moore was voted in as the new council vice-president following the resignation of Bill Jackson, Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Jackson's resignation came five days after the former chief of Liberty Fire Co. was charged with embezzling from the organization.

Issues relating to Liberty Fire Co. have been controversial at borough council meetings for months.

In March, Moore stormed out of a meeting and threatened to resign following disagreements with borough council President Richard Shank regarding the release of a forensic audit of Liberty Fire Co.

Moore, too, declined in March to offer any more details about the audit's contents, saying only "things don't add up."

The borough commissioned the audit last year after questions arose about the fire company's finances.

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Moore on Wednesday declined further comment regarding the circumstances surrounding her coming resignation.

In March, The York Dispatch requested the forensic audit of Liberty Fire Co. under the state's Right-to-Know Law. The borough denied the paper's request because the records related to a "non-criminal investigation."

In October, borough officials again declined to release the audit, this time saying that it was in the hands of York County District Attorney Dave Sunday. 

Liberty Fire Company Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Bill Kalina photo

Miller, 58, of the 2700 block of Clearview Road in Springettsbury Township, resigned as Liberty's chief in April, citing harassment from peers, friends and residents. His exit came after the dispute among borough council members over the public release of the fire company audit. 

York County detectives determined that between 2015 and 2019, Miller's personal checking account had been charged $9,060 in bank overdraft fees, according to documents, which state it appears Miller was having financial difficulties.

On Sept. 16, Miller confessed to stealing from the fire company, claiming it was to support his daughter and four grandchildren, court documents state.

Miller's bail was set at $15,000 unsecured, meaning he didn't have to post cash to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court hearings.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at  @tina_locurto.