News Feature | October 25, 2017

Wastewater Treatment Employee Allegedly Assaults The Mayor

Peter Chawaga - editor

By Peter Chawaga

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In a truly unique tale for the breakroom at a wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania, one employee has been accused of attacking the mayor, who also happens to be his mother.

“Brandon Anderson Sr. is on paid leave from his $52,000 job at the York City Wastewater Treatment Plan after allegedly attacking his mother, York City Mayor Kim Bracey, at the end of September,” according to the York Dispatch. “Anderson requested a leave of absence from his position as an operations shift supervisor before human resources officials were aware of his Sept. 30 arrest on simple assault and harassment charges for allegedly assaulting Bracey.”

While Anderson’s leave is not indefinite, the city’s business administrator would not provide a timeline as many details about the incident were still unknown as of mid-October. Still, the Dispatch was able to report some particulars about the arrest.

Apparently, Anderson was arrested outside of Bracey’s campaign headquarters after punching her in the face and kicking her while she was on the ground.

“Anderson also attempted to hit Bracey with a wooden flagpole before being stopped by a bystander, according to charging documents,” per the Dispatch. “The mayor’s son spent nearly a week in custody after his arrest.”

Anderson started out as a collection operator at the plant and worked his way up to become an operations shift supervisor by the time of the arrest.

“[Frankie Campagne, the plant’s general manager] said Anderson has worked at the plant for 10 years but was unsure if he had served in any other positions,” reported WITF. “A shift supervisor is a management position, and the person typically directs staff under his or her command to plan operations, according to Campagne.”

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Image credit: "York, Pennsylvania Police," James Duff, 2005, used under an Attribution 2.0 Generic license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/