West York Mayor gives conditions for resignation

West York Mayor Charles Wasko
West York Mayor Charles Wasko

WEST YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – After weeks of controversy, West York Mayor Charles Wasko says he’ll resign if one of three demands are met.

At a news conference Wednesday, Council President Shawn Mauck asked Wasko to do one thing:

“Do the right thing. If you love West York at all, resign effective immediately. End this process so our community can heal and move on,” Mauck said.

In a letter to the council, Wasko said he will – if one of three demands are met. The first is that the borough hires someone for the police department with at least four years of experience as a sergeant that is looking to become chief of police.

“We notified him yesterday that we did entertain that topic and we’re putting him on notice that we want to accept his resignation on Monday,” Mauck said.

Mauck refused to discuss Wasko’s other demands.

“I’m not going to get into the particulars because again those three other areas are really off limits as far as us to discuss in the public,” he said.

But Wasko shared with ABC27 the letter he sent to the council. He wants acting police chief Matt Millsap replaced. The borough appointed Millsap acting chief several weeks ago when Chief Justin Seibel was placed on paid leave. The mayor recently suspended Millsap for what he said is cause.

Wasko’s final demand is to give Seibel his job back – if he wants it.

In the letter, Wasko said he’ll resign in 10 days if one of the demands is met.

“Basically, he’s saying if you meet one of them, I’ll go. We put him on notice. We met the one. Now go,” Mauck said.

Wasko would not go on camera but said he now has no intention to resign, despite the council saying they’d consider hiring a sergeant. He now says he wants that position filled before he steps down.

Council plans to vote on Wasko’s resignation at their next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, at 1381 W. Poplar Street. The public is invited to attend.

Wasko’s demands, as written in an email shared with ABC27 News:

  1. Entertain the thought of looking for an outside person, male or female, of any ethnicity, with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field of study, such as criminal justice or police science, that has at least 4 years of experience of at least a Sargent, that is looking to become a Chief of Police for the Borough of West York.
  2. Or Replace Millsaps temporary position from within with the above qualifications outlined in #1.
  3. Or Return Chief Seibel to his former position if he so desires.

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