Matt Millsaps was named acting chief of the West York Borough Police Department after Chief Justin Seibel was placed on administrative leave. Millsaps was a part-time patrolman with the department and has roughly 16 years of experience in law enforcement. (Photo: Gordon Rago, York Daily Record)
Matt Millsaps woke up as chief, probably retired for the night as chief — in between was a suspension by the mayor.
(West York) — Acting West York Police Chief Matthew Millsaps, who returned to work on Thursday, said he is grateful borough council reinstated him after embattled Mayor Charles Wasko called for his suspension.
Millsaps was suspended without pay for a day after Wasko sent a letter to council on Tuesday, referencing the acting chief’s suspension. The borough solicitor reviewed the letter and determined the suspension was not valid. Council president Shawn Mauck sent an email to the mayor Wednesday night, saying Millsaps would return to work on Thursday morning.
In his office on Thursday, Millsaps said his priorities are to ensure public safety for residents and visitors, and maintain a level of motivation and esprit de corps as well as the safety and well-being of the officers in the department.
“And this type of activity just, in my mind, kind of hinders that,” Millsaps said.
Seibel remains on paid administrative leave, his attorney Ed Paskey said Thursday.
“The borough and I have been discussing the situation on a regular basis over the past few weeks,” Paskey said.
Paskey hasn’t been told whether the matter will be discussed during a borough council meeting on Monday evening. Paskey said the borough hasn’t told him by what date it will resolve the chief’s status.
He declined to comment on why Seibel was placed on leave.
On Thursday afternoon, Mauck said that he has not heard from Wasko since he informed the mayor that Millsaps would be returning to work.
Numerous attempts to reach Wasko have been unsuccessful.