By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - She's not the first, but if Shirley Shatzer's nomination gets through the State Senate and she passes the certification test, she will be the only woman district justice working in Franklin County.
The other five seats are held by men.
Shatzer said she learned Tuesday from State. Sen. Terry Punt's office that Gov. Tom Ridge nominated her to succeed District Justice John Ommert, who retired in June. Punt recommended Shatzer to the governor. Ommert, when he retired, said he would recommend her to Punt.
Shatzer started working as a part-time secretary in Ommert's office in 1984. She went full time in 1986, she said.
If Shatzer, a Republican, is confirmed by the GOP-dominated State Senate, she could begin serving by the end of the year. A spokeswoman in Punt's office said the Senate will vote on her confirmation before Thanksgiving.