Born and raised in York, Mayor C. Kim Bracey attended William Penn Senior High School. After graduating she attended Bloomsburg University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Graduating with honors from the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy, and the Community College of the Air Force, she served the United States of America for over a decade, earning the National Defense Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
In 1994, she returned to York to manage the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program at Crispus Attucks, beginning a personal commitment to providing educational pathways for underserved youth that continues to this day. She later became the executive director of the South George Street Community Partnership, tasked with developing and enacting a revitalization plan for a 60 block area. Her success led to her appointment under Mayor John S. Brenner as director of the Department of Community Development overseeing operations of the Bureau of Health, the Bureau of Housing, and the Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning.
On November 3, 2009 Bracey was elected the first African-American mayor of the City of York and was sworn in as the 24th mayor of the City on January 4, 2010. Mayor Bracey was successful in her bid for reelection and took the oath of office for her second term on January 6, 2014.
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.
Since taking office she has fostered millions of dollars in redevelopment through public-private partnerships and secured numerous federal and state revitalization grants. Advocating for the City of York, she has provided state and federal testimony on subjects ranging from fiscal modernization of local government, economic and community development and education reform.
Mayor Bracey is responsible for numerous initiatives such as Job One Citywide Customer Service, Zero Tolerance for Blight, Community Policing and Mentor York. Her work and the work of her administration has been recognized nationally through her involvement with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.
Mayor Bracey’s civic spirit extends far beyond the walls of City Hall, proven by her steadfast support of many organizations throughout the community. She has served on the boards of York Hospital, the Martin Library, the York County Community Foundation, York County Economic Alliance, 10,000 Friends, PA Downtown Center, American Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity.
She is 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.
Mayor Bracey is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Human Letters from York College of Pennsylvania.
Mayor Bracey has created a city that engages, welcomes and provides opportunities through multiple initiatives.
Fiscal Freedom Campaign
As your Mayor and a lifelong resident of the City of York, I share your deep concern about stabilizing property taxes and keeping city residents in their homes. Doing so is the responsible thing to do and I take this challenge very seriously. Please familiarize yourself with the background information provided and take action today.Fiscal Freedom Page