Tubaugh seeking post as Orphans Court judge

August 21, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

After a career in the military and many years as an air traffic controller, Samuel Tubaugh has decided to seek his first elected office.

Tubaugh, a Democrat, has filed for the position of a judge of the Washington County Orphans Court.

Selected by the Washington County Democratic Central Committee to run for the post, Tubaugh's name didn't appear on the list of candidates who filed to run in the Sept. 10 primary. The list was compiled after the July 1 filing deadline.

Dorothy Kaetzel of the Washington County Election Board said that because Tubaugh's name was submitted by the central committee, he was added as a candidate after the deadline.


Tubaugh, 73, said he sees the position of judge of the orphans court to be important even if the title has a tendency to confuse some people.

"The orphans court is unique and personal about the availability of a probate court to the people whose estates are to be administered, whose wills are to be enforced and whose minors' estates are to be protected," Tubaugh said.

A native of Indiana, Tubaugh spent 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and then 26 years as an FAA air traffic controller. The last 20 years of that career were spent as a controller at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

"In 1974, I had a choice of either coming to Hagerstown or Parkersburg, W.Va., and I chose Hagerstown," Tubaugh said.

He has three children and nine grandchildren. His wife died in 1996.

He is a member of American Legion Post 42, Elks Lodge 378, the Long Meadow Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1936, Washington County Hospital Auxiliary escort service and Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Tubaugh lives at 11502 Greenberry Road. His treasurer is Edythe Rickard.

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.

Orphans Court judges also 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.

With two Democrats and three Republicans filing for the post, all will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

The other Democratic candidate is incumbent Linda Fox.

The three Republican candidates are incumbent John M. Shriver, and newcomers Joseph W. Eichelberger and Sam Bayer.

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

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