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Judge hopes to regain seat

May 26, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Four years after losing his spot as a judge of the Washington County Orphans' Court, Roy A. Keefauver says he misses the work.

So Keefauver, now 68, filed last week for the position, hoping to regain his seat in the Nov. 3 election.

"I really enjoyed the work," Keefauver said. "Meeting people and helping them - I liked that."

A Democrat, Keefauver said he believes he did a good job when he served as a judge from 1989 through 1994 when he narrowly lost the election.

Originally appointed to fill the term of the late William Giffin, Keefauver attended a number of seminars provided by the State of Maryland so he could familiarize himself with the work.

The three judges of the Orphans' Court meet 10 times a month in the Washington County Courthouse. They settle contested wills, approve the appointment of personal representatives and set commissions for attorneys in the probate of wills.

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In addition, the Orphans' Court judges oversee guardianships of minors who receive property from an estate. To ensure that property is safeguarded, the court appoints a guardian to report to the court once a year.

A lifelong resident of Washington County, Keefauver retired in the early 1990s after owning and operating Keefauver Dry Cleaners on Potomac Avenue for more than 30 years.

In the Sept. 15 primary, the top three Democratic vote-getters will run against their three GOP counterparts for the three seats on the court.

Judges of the Orphans' Court make $6,000 a year.

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