Retired teacher, principal running for Orphans' Court

Frank E. Novinger says career prepared him for position

July 14, 2010|By DAN DEARTH
  • Frank E. Novinger

Political newcomer Frank E. Novinger said a 40-year career in education that included helping children and their parents resolve issues has prepared him to serve as a judge on Washington County Orphans' Court.

Novinger, 64, of 18906 Rolling Road, Hagerstown, is one of four candidates who filed to run for three open seats on the Orphans' Court. The other candidates are Democrat Brent E. Taylor, and fellow Republicans Robert Adair and John M. Shriver.

Novinger said he retired from Washington County Public Schools in 2009 after serving 20 years as an elementary school teacher and 20 years as a principal. Part of those jobs, he said, involved dealing with parents and children to help reconcile problems in the home.

"I just want to make sure that the people who have issues are heard and their situations solved," he said. "I've been working with children my entire career. I want to be responsive to all the parties involved."


The orphans' court settles disputes over estates and wills, sets attorney's fees in estate matters and has jurisdiction over guardianship of minors.

Novinger said he will be able to devote his full attention to Orphans' Court now that he is retired.

He and his wife, Karin, have four grown children.

Orphans' court judges meet Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are elected to four-year terms and are paid $7,000 a year.

Name: Frank E. Novinger

Age: 64

Address: 18906 Rolling Road

Town: Hagerstown

Education: Bachelor's degree in education, 1969, Shippensburg University; master's degree in school administration, 1973, McDonald College

Occupation: Retired, former school teacher and principal

Party affiliation: Republican

Political experience: None

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