Judge Richard J. Walsh announces retirement plans

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Judge Richard J. Walsh is retiring at the end of the year. He made the announcement last week, though his second 10-year term in the Franklin/Fulton County Court of Common Pleas doesn't end until 2017. Walsh said the timing was right and his wife would also be retiring from her teaching position in the Washington County (Md.) school system when the 2012-2013 term ended.

Walsh, 61, Waynesboro, first practiced law with the Maxwell Law Firm in Greencastle and Waynesboro. After 15 years in private practice he ran for county judge in 1997 when a fourth seat was added to the bench. A fifth judge was installed in 2010. Gov. Tom Corbett and the Senate can appoint someone to fill the vacancy, or an election may be held in 2013.

Walsh's peers are President Judge Douglas Herman, and judges Carol Van Horn, Shawn Meyers and Angela Krom.