GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Earlier this month John Ommert took his grandson fishing, the first time in 16 years that he's had time for such leisurely pleasures.
Ommert, 55, retired as a Franklin County District Justice on June 1, ending a tenure on the bench that began in 1981 and took him through three elections. His only opponent was in a primary the first time around, he said.
Ommert leaves office with 2 1/2 years to go on his current six-year term.
"I enjoyed my years of service, but I got to the point where I just wasn't enjoying the job. I had the time in to qualify for early retirement and I hadn't planned on running for re-election," Ommert said.
He was one of six district justices serving Franklin County. Those remaining will share the work left in Ommert's office in the Antrim Township municipal building on Antrim Church Road until Gov. Tom Ridge appoints a permanent replacement sometime in October.