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Judge Glaser's retirement leaves slot open

June 19, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

There is a vacancy on Washington County Circuit with the retirement last month of Judge Darrow Glaser.

Glaser, 67, officially retired on May 31, but is scheduled to hear cases next week.

Glaser has joined retired Judge Daniel Moylan on "recall'' status, according to Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III, administrative judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Maryland.

Moylan retired in September 1996, but has been hearing cases on a regular basis. After a brief vacation, Glaser will do the same, Wright said.

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Both men are earning retirement pay rather than full judicial pay, Wright said. They also are paid on a "piecemeal'' basis, depending on the number of cases they hear.

While the situation is less than ideal, Wright said having two retired judges who are willing to hear cases has kept cases from clogging up the Washington County courts.

Also helping is the fact that Daniel Dwyer, a part-time family law master since last summer, hears family cases that make up more than 50 percent of all civil matters in the courts, Wright said.

"Dwyer will become a full-time family law master July 1,'' Wright said.

Washington County has four circuit court judgeships.

Wright serves as chief administrative judge and hears cases. Other judges include John H. McDowell and the newest appointee, Kennedy Boone, who was just sworn in last month to fill Moylan's seat.

Glaser's post is now vacant and the opening hasn't been posted in The Daily Record, a business and law newspaper.

Mike O'Malley, administrator of the courts, said he is waiting to hear from the chief judge of Maryland so that the post can be advertised.

When that happens, hopefuls may apply, entering a process in which their applications will be reviewed by the Washington County Judicial Nominating Commission.

That body will send the names of all applicants who receive a majority of votes to Gov. Parris Glendening, who will appoint a replacement for Glaser.

An attorney in private practice for 22 years, Glaser had served as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and was an assistant Maryland Attorney General and a deputy Washington County state's attorney.

A Washington County District judge for 11 years, Glaser was appointed to the higher bench in May 1993. He filed for election and ran unopposed in 1994 for the 15-year term on the bench.

Mandatory retirement age for the judiciary in Maryland is 70.

Glaser could not be reached for comment on his decision to retire.

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