After a contentious meeting and months of problems, the board chairwoman of an embattled York commission resigned this week, city officials said.
Dolores Abreu, chairwoman of the Human Relations Commission, sent a letter of resignation to the city Wednesday, according to city council President Carol Hill-Evans. The resignation drops the board of 11 members to six. Read Abreu's letter here.
Commission board members, including Abreu, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
On Monday, the board voted to move forward with an investigation of executive director Stephanie Seaton's old case files. Seaton was placed on paid administrative leave in November.
Seaton said the commission now estimates spending up to $5,000 for the audit, to be run by attorney Sean Summers.
The board also failed to approve its November meeting minutes, after Seaton and others disputed the record.
Specifically, Seaton said she asked that a closed session about her leave be held in public, but that board members refused. Seaton also said that vote was held behind closed doors, not in public as required by the state's Sunshine Act.
"It's an absolute mess," she said Wednesday.
The commission, which investigates discrimination and hate crimes, has struggled financially.
York City Council twice transferred money this fall to cover a salary shortfall. The transfers amounted to about $20,000 of federal money.
City council's 2013 budget will add $2,658 back into the commission's funding, after the money had been removed by the mayor's budget team. Funding is still down markedly from recent years.
Hill-Evans expressed concern about the future of the commission.
"It seems like the organization at the meeting was falling apart," she said. "There needs to be work at the leadership level on the board. Whoever steps into that position, they're going to have to hit the ground running."