Roy "Ted" Hart Jr., a retired Hagerstown Police Department lieutenant, filed on June 28 to seek a four-year term as a Washington County Orphans Court judge.
Hart, 64, of 21705 Ringgold Pike north of Hagerstown, said he misses working with people.
"I'm a good mediator, and I think that's what they need," he said.
The county's three Orphans Court judges, all of whom are up for re-election to a four-year term, meet twice a week to probate wills, set attorneys' fees, settle disputes over estates, and appoint administrators and guardians.
They make $7,000 per year.
Incumbents John M. Shriver and Joseph Eichelberger have filed for re-election. Orphans Court Judge Samuel Bayer did not file.
The deadline to file was Monday. The primary election is Sept. 12, and the general election is Nov. 7.
Hart said he enjoyed working as a security officer at the Washington County Courthouse, a job he took after retiring from the police department in 1999 after 31 years.