West York Borough Council accepts mayor’s resignation following racist social media posts

West York Mayor Charles Wasko
West York Mayor Charles Wasko

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – There was a strong turnout at Monday’s West York Borough Council meeting and several people spoke during public comment about the importance of accepting embattled Mayor Charles Wasko’s resignation.

Council voted unanimously to accept Wasko’s resignation that becomes effective on Friday.

Current Council President Shawn Mauck will become mayor on an interim basis until the term runs out next year.

“I think Mayor Wasko missed a golden opportunity,” Mauck said, “He could have come out and apologized and that would have been a signature move forward.”

Wasko posted several images on social media, including an offensive picture with orangutans that referenced the Obama family.

Wasko admitted to the postings, previously telling ABC27 he would not resign and would seek re-election next year.

Mauck said the council had to address Wasko’s conditions, but not meet them. Wasko was asking the council to replace the interim police chief and reinstate the current chief who remains on paid leave.

“Our chief is still the chief,” Mauck said. “We took a look at his requests and gave them appropriate consideration, as required, but we made no changes.”

Elijah Cross was satisfied with Monday’s outcome. He says the council sent a message.

“They said that this kind of behavior from people in leadership positions is not acceptable,” Cross said. “We are a strong community, and we will recover.”

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