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May 1, 2014

Judge Michael Sholley relinquishing administrative duties

MIDDLEBURG — President Judge Michael H. Sholley is relinquishing his administrative duties and turning the title of president over to Judge Michael T. Hudock.

Both judges serve in the 17th Judicial District of Snyder and Union counties.

“I’ve accomplished what I wanted. I have a superb court administrative staff and two excellent probation and domestic relations departments,” said Sholley of his decision to give up  the title of president effective July 1.

He was installed as president judge in January 2011 following the retirement of Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr., a year after Sholley was elected to a 10-year term on the bench.

“Mike Hudock has been a personal friend and colleague for 15 years and I have total confidence and trust in him,” Sholley said.

Hudock, who previously worked as an assistant district attorney under then-Snyder County District Attorney Sholley and was elected associate judge in fall 2011, said he’s looking forward to the challenge of overseeing court budgets, probation, domestic relations and five district court offices in the two counties while continuing to serve as a jurist primarily in Snyder County.

For the additional work, he will be paid $174,549 a year, just slightly more than the $173,791 annual compensation given to court of common pleas judges.

Sholley said he’s looking forward to being able to serve as a judge without the added administrative responsibilities.

Though he’s pleased with his accomplishments, including the addition of a hearing room at the Snyder County courthouse and cost-saving digital recording equipment installed in the Union County hearing room, Sholley said he’ll now have more time to pursue his work on a state roundtable regarding children, teaching courses at Susquehanna University and writing.

“I will continue to implement changes already in the works,” said Hudock, including finding funds to purchase digital recording equipment for the Snyder County courthouse.

Sholley said the equipment is used in certain hearings and saves the court from having to spend $300 a day for a court reporter.

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