Dianne Herrin, Resign as Mayor of WC

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West Chester, PA The Borough Without an Elected Mayor

In theory, the Borough of West Chester chooses its mayor by allowing voters to consider a slate of candidates and then choose the one the voters feel will do the best job. The mayor, after all is an employee of the voters, and serves with their approval. The Borough Council, also employees of the voters, help to manage the borough.

Yet this system has stopped working. The current mayor, Dianne Herrin, was elected to the Pennsylvania House last November. The voters chose her to do this job at their behest, and now, in January, she has begun to serve in that important role. But Representative Herrin is also Mayor Herrin in both Harrisburg and West Chester at the same time. This is because the borough bylaws, while outlawing an elected official from holding two borough positions at once, neglects to prevent someone from also working in a government located eighty miles away. The Pennsylvania constitution prohibits simultaneous service in to elected offices, but West Chester bylaws allow this.

Unless Mayor Herrin resigns, the West Chester Borough Council will get to appoint a new mayor who can serve in that role for then entire year. The voters will have no say in this matter. A borough resident contacted the borough manager to be considered for the position as mayor. The manager reportedly replied that the position is “not currently open”. A voter has already called for the resignation of the mayor in a recent council meeting, and we believe that this voter is correct.

The Libertarian Party of Chester County calls for Dianne Herrin to resign her role as mayor effective immediately. We further call on West Chester Borough to schedule a Special Election so that the voters of West Chester may hear ideas from a wide slate of candidates before choosing their next employee – their new mayor. Let Dianne Herrin do her job as state rep, and let the voters have their say with no political subterfuge.

Also, we call upon the West Chester Borough Council to amend their bylaws so that no elected or appointed official will hold two Borough, State, or Federal positions at the same time. This will ensure that the citizens of West Chester will be able to hire the leadership of their choice with the transparency that they deserve.

In most of America, we give the voters the ability to choose their elected officials through the system of Democracy. It is time for the Borough of West Chester to adopt this same democratic system. Please sign the petition to support the resignation of Dianne Herrin as Mayor and for West Chester Borough Council to amend its bylaws.