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City of York Mayor C. Kim Bracey

 

C. Kim Bracey was elected the first African-American Mayor of the City of York on November 3, 2009 and was sworn-in as the 24th Mayor, January 4, 2010. As the City's chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City, including the city’s $98 million dollar budget, and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances for this city on the move and its residents of 43,000. 
 
Previously she was the appointed Director of the Department of Community Development for the City of York from June 2003 until January 2009 under Mayor John S. Brenner. 
 
During Kim’s first two years in office, she has worked on professionalizing all aspects of local government in York, and engagement with residents, business leaders, nonprofit executives, members of the faith community and our city school district alike. Kim has taken local leadership to a national level through her involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities. Kim has been a staunch statewide and national advocate on behalf of her City. She has provided state and federal testimony on subjects ranging from fiscal modernization of local government, economic and community development, and education reform. Locally, as Mayor, Kim has launched such initiatives as Job One Citywide Customer Service, Zero Tolerance for Blight, Community Policing, Mentor York, Take Ten on Tuesday a Beautiful York Initiative and Faith Net. As Mayor, she has overseen millions in redevelopment and job creation ushered in by federal and state revitalization grants procured by her Administration. She continues the arduous task of uniting segments of the community to develop novel and innovative new partnerships among the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.   
 
Kim was born and raised in York where she attended York City schools and is a proud graduate of William Penn Senior High School and attended Bloomsburg University. In 1984 joined the United States Air Force where she served honorably until 1994 achieving the rank of E-6. Among her medals and citations, she received the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 devices.
 
In addition to her duties as mayor, Kim currently serves or has served on the Boards of York Hospital, the Martin Library, the York County Community Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity specifically because of their missions to serve the York community. She is also the founding President of the York Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, a 30 year old national organization whose mission is to develop leaders to rebuild their communities. She is an active member of the Friendship Baptist Church and serves as the church’s Treasurer.
 
Kim is mother to Brandon, and "nana" to one grandson Brandon Jr.