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Harsh seeks second Orphans' Court term

June 11, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Republican Harry Harsh has filed for a second term as a judge of the Washington County Orphans' Court.

Harsh, 59, is home instructor for the Washington County Board of Education.

He was a Hagerstown City Police officer from 1963 to 1975, retiring as a detective with the rank of lieutenant. Before that, Harsh was a military police officer in the U.S. Army.

A member of the American Legion, Harsh is affiliated with AMVETS, Elks, North American Rod and Gun Club and the Vietnam Last Man's Club.

A lifelong resident of Washington County, Harsh and his wife, Angie, have four children and two grandchildren.

"This position of Orphans' Court judge is extremely rewarding to me as a lay person," Harsh said. "The hearings, research of case law and upholding of decedents' last requests are very sacred and in most cases, satisfied."

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Harsh said he wants to serve the community for another four years.

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.

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.

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

Incumbents Linda Fox, a Democrat, and John Shriver, a Republican, also have filed for a second term, and former judge Roy Keefauver, a Democrat, is seeking to regain the seat he lost four years ago.

The deadline for filing is July 6.

The top three vote-getters in each party will advance after the Sept. 15 primary and the top three in the Nov. 3 election will win seats.

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