Shrive files for orphans' court


John M. Shriver on Monday became the first of the incumbent judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County to file for another term.

Shriver, 51, a Republican, is seeking re-election to his third four-year term in the job.

"I have enjoyed my work on the court and would like to serve another term," Shriver said Tuesday. "I enjoy helping people."

Judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County meet two days a week at the Washington County Courthouse to probate wills, set attorneys' fees, settle disputes over estates and appoint administrators and guardians.


During his first term, Shriver became a member of the Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans' Courts.

Shriver served on the Washington County Republican Central Committee from 1982 to 1994 and was vice chairman from 1986 to 1994.

In 1976, Shriver ran as a delegate candidate to the Republican convention as a Ronald Reagan supporter. He was vice president of the Young Republican Club from 1970-76.

He was a member of former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel's youth advisory council and served on Maryland's Young Republican State Board for two terms.

A driver education instructor for Widmyer Driving School, Shriver and his wife, Joyce, have two children, Michael and Jacqueline, and live in Williamsport.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Shriver of Hagerstown.

Shriver is a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.

In both the 1994 and 1998 general elections, Shriver was the second-highest vote-getter for the nonpartisan position.

Linda Fox and Harry Harsh are the other judges of the Orphans' Court for Washington County.

The job now pays $6,000 a year, but that amount will increase to $7,000 after the election.

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