Henry Hay Nixon, President of Council
101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405
Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax:(717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 668-5999
Henry Nixon, a Democrat, was first elected to City Council in November of 2009 and after winning a re-election bid in November 2013, was again sworn into office on January 6, 2014 for a term of four years. Henry currently serves as Chair of the Economic & Community Development Committee. He is a member of the Business Administration Committee and serves as Council’s liaison to the York County Board of Commissioners and the Community Progress Council’s Board of Directors.
Henry and his wife have lived in the city since 1970. Mr. Nixon’s decision to run for office was based in his desire to forge new alliances within our larger York community, promote economic development and jobs throughout the City, and reverse the deterioration of neighborhoods.
He attended Mercersburg Academy and graduated from Gettysburg Area High School (1966) and Gettysburg College, BA 1970.
Mr. Nixon has 40 successful years of business experience and community leadership. This experience qualifies him to be a good steward of his fellow taxpayers’ money. His many years of community service taught him to work well with others in seeking solutions to complex challenges. With contacts, in every field, throughout York County, he can bring resources to bear on the difficult challenges that face York.
Mr. Nixon is passionate about the City and its future. He will put new energy into city government. He believes that City Council, the people of York and the Mayor should be aligned: have the same goals, work closely together achieving those goals and thereby move our City forward, building on the successes of the past.
After 25 years, he retired from the furniture and interior design business in 1995. He then joined the York Symphony in 1998, as their first Executive Director. During his tenure there he developed collaborations with diverse organizations to further the mission and impact of the orchestra in the community. Mr. Nixon retired from the York Symphony Orchestra in 2011 having served as Executive Director for nearly 14 years.
He was a member of the Steering Committee for York City Dollars For Scholars, and served on its first Board of Directors. He was appointed to the York City Waste Water Treatment Authority Board to fill a vacated term and Mayor John Brenner chose him to lead the transition team in 2001. Mr. Nixon is a current board member of Community Progress Council. He served on a variety of volunteer Boards over the years, holding leadership positions on many. He has been active in the Arts community serving on the Steering Committee that founded the Cultural Alliance of York County.
These skills have instilled an ability to face challenges with tested experience and the necessary tools to find solutions. He is a proven leader with passion and commitment to York. He will serve with tolerance and consistency.
The Nixons settled on North Newberry Street in 1987. Their 3 children attended City schools and graduated from William Penn High School. Their daughter and her 3 children also live in the City. Henry and his wife belong to Christ Lutheran Church on South George Street.
Sandie Walker, Vice President of Council
101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509 – York, PA 17405
Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Phone: (717) 268-9087
Sandie Walker, a Democrat, was elected to York City Council in November 2015 and sworn into office on January 4, 2016. Sandie serves as Chair of the Police and Fire Committees, and is a member of the Economic & Community Development, and Rules & Administrative Code Committees of Council.
Sandie has already established a track record of community service and entrepreneurship in her 32 years. A lifelong York resident, Sandie has spent the last six years as a director of the School District of the City of York. After serving one elected term, she volunteered to be appointed to a resigning board member term and has remained on the board.
Currently an e-commerce retailer, Sandie was formerly the Youth Program Coordinator for the city for five years. Prior to that position, she worked for the York City Health Bureau as a Health Education Specialist.
Sandie was the founder and co-director of Y.O.R.K., Youth Obtaining Respect & Knowledge, a summer traveling program that helps local teens expand their horizons through travel and community service.
Sandie was the junior high and varsity girls’ basketball coach at William Penn Senior High School from 2005 to 2008. A 2001 graduate of William Penn, Sandie played Division I varsity women’s basketball at the University of Richmond, where she received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership Studies and a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Urban Practice and Policy. She also minored in business administration. In 2005, Sandie was also honored as the University of Richmond’s Volunteer Student of the Year.
“I believe we can improve the quality of life for the people of York by improving our parks and recreation system without damaging the city’s fiscal health. My background as a city employee and as someone who has worked with our youth, combined with my education in leadership and urban policy, gives me a unique perspective into what we can do to make York a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.”
Quality of Life
•Enhance youth recreational programs by partnering with local organizations, such as the York School District, YMCA, YWCA and the Crispus Attucks Community Center.
•Improve and enhance the city’s parks system.
•Partner with the local faith community and other non-profits to reduce poverty and homelessness.
•Support for city open space initiatives and historic preservation efforts.
•Build new recreational programs for all city residents including the young and the young at heart.
•Support for community policing strategies, such as walking beats.
•Ensure that city police and firefighters have all the equipment they need to keep residents and themselves safe.
•Support for technological upgrades to keep residents safe, such as street surveillance cameras and body cameras for police.
•Seek state and federal grants to hire more police, firefighters and purchase more needed equipment.
•Continue the positive working relationship between city police and the York School District.
•Work with the Mayor and other members of City Council to ensure that city government operates effectively and efficiently.
•Support budgeting strategies that reduce the city’s long-term debt.
•Ensure that real estate taxes are collected in a timely fashion from all of the City’s stakeholders.
•Partner with neighboring municipalities on purchasing agreements to save money for taxpayers.
•Look to establish Payment In Lieu of Taxes program with tax exempt entities, such as colleges and hospitals.
•Will work to ensure veterans are getting the services they need and deserve.
•Dedicated effort to increase the percentage of home ownership in York.
•Streamline codes and the city’s code enforcement department.
•Support for residential development and programming that provides affordable housing for core professions, such as police, firefighters and teachers.
•Work to remove blight and strengthen the city’s residential neighborhoods.
Job Creation and Economic Development
•Work with city officials and local legislators to bring a City Revitalization Improvement Zone (CRIZ) to York to provide economic incentives to potential investors.
•Support for city policies aimed at redeveloping existing brownfields into homes for job creating businesses.
•Continued support for creative redevelopment initiatives, such as the Artist Homestead Program, which incentivizes artist home/studios in the city.
•Will help city to recruit new investors and job creators for the identified “opportunity sites” in our Strategic Comprehensive Plan 2030.
•Support for new and existing businesses that pay workers a living, family-sustaining wage.
Judy A. Ritter-Dickson, Member of Council
Judy A. Ritter Dickson, MHS, BS, LAS, CCJP, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on November 21, 2016 to fill a vacancy until the first Monday of January 2018. After a successful 4 year election bid, Judy was again sworn into office on January 2, 2018. Judy is a member of the Fire, Public Works, and Economic & Community Development Committees of Council.