Shriver seeks fourth term as Orphans Court judge

June 23, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD


John M. Shriver is seeking re-election to a fourth term as a Washington County Orphans Court judge.

"I enjoy helping people and would like to serve another term," Shriver, 56, a Republican, said in a written release. He filed for re-election June 12.

Twice a week at the Washington County Courthouse, the three judges of Washington County Orphans Court meet and "probate wills, set attorney fees, settle disputes over estates and appoint administrators and guardians," Shriver wrote.

Orphans Court judges make $7,000 per year. Sam Bayer and Joseph Eichelberger are the other two Orphans Court judges in Washington County. All three seats are open, and no other candidates have filed.


Shriver has been a driver's education instructor for Widmyer Driving School in Hagerstown for 22 years. He and his wife, Joyce, have two children, Michael and Jacqueline, and live in Williamsport, he wrote.

"I just like the job. It doesn't take me away from my full-time job," he said.

Shriver said he has lived in Washington County all of his life and, "I want to remember that I gave something good back to the county. I want to be remembered as a public servant."

A member of the Maryland Association of the Orphans Court, Shriver has served on the county Orphans Court since 1994, he wrote. He was appointed by former Gov. Parris N. Glendening as chief judge of the county Orphans Court in 2002 because he received the highest number of votes in that election, he said.

Shriver is a member of Washington Square United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, the Railroad Old Timers Club and the Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211 Sons of the American Legion, where he serves as chaplain. Shriver was a member of the Young Republicans State Board for two terms, one from 1971 to 1973 and another from 1981 to 1983.

From 1982 to 1994, Shriver served on the Washington County Republican Central Committee, and served as vice chairman from 1986 through 1994.

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