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March 1, 2014

Judge Sherbin to retire

OAKLAND — Garrett County Circuit Court Judge James L. Sherbin has announced that he will retire after 18 years on the bench, according to his office. Sherbin will remain in his position as judge until someone else is appointed to fill it by the governor.

Sherbin was appointed as circuit court judge in 1996 by Gov. Parris Glendening and prior to that was the Garrett County state’s attorney from 1979 to 1996, according to his office. He was Garrett County deputy state’s attorney from 1975 to 1979, according to the Maryland manual online.

Gov. Martin O’Malley has yet to make an appointment for the Garrett County District Court judge. Stephan Moylan, Raymond Strubin and Daryl Walters were found to be legally and most fully qualified for the appointment to district court.

The Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Commission District 5 selected the nominations via a secret written ballot Aug. 20. 

There is no time frame for O’Malley to make the appointment, Kathleen Stafford, former administrative clerk for Allegany County District Court, has previously indicated.

The district court judge position was left vacant following Judge Leonard Eiswert’s mandatory retirement, effective March 21, 2013.

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