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Eichelberger files for re-election

June 27, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Joseph Eichelberger filed Monday for re-election to a second four-year term as Washington County Orphans Court judge.

Eichelberger, 65, of 5604 Sharpsburg Pike in Sharpsburg, said he has enjoyed working the past four years as one of three judges in the county's Orphans Court and he wants to continue.

"I've worked in public service for four decades. I enjoy helping people," he said.

Orphans Court judges 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.

Eichelberger was appointed in 2003 by Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Robert M. Bell to a two-year term to the Conference of Orphans Court Judges, a board of orphans court judges from across the state that advises Bell of Orphans Court matters and shares resources.

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Washington County Orphans Court Judge John M. Shriver filed June 12 for re-election. Incumbent Samuel Bayer has not filed for re-election. No one else had filed by Monday for the three open seats.

The deadline to file is July 3. The primary election is Sept. 12, and the general election is Nov. 7.

Eichelberger, who works part-time as a security officer at Washington County Courthouse, retired from the Maryland Division of Correction after 21 years. He worked as a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown and the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Md.

Eichelberger and his wife, Mary Ann, have three children and six grandchildren.

He is a former officer of both the Sharpsburg Fire Co. and Rescue Service and is a member of Sharpsburg Lions Club. He has served three terms as President of Sharpsburg Little League and has been active in PTA at Sharpsburg Elementary School.

Eichelberger is a member of the American Legion in Funkstown, The Improved Order of Red Men in Williamsport and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans.

He served three years in the U.S. Army.

Orphans Court judges make $7,000 a year.

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