Michael Flannelly  running for judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas.
Michael Flannelly running for judge of the York County Court of Common Pleas.

After serving about 18 months as a Common Pleas judge, Mike Flannelly has resumed the job from which he took a leave of absence when he was appointed to the bench in July 2012.

Flannelly lost his bid for election to the seat for a full 10-year-term to Todd Platts, who was sworn as Flannelly unpacked and handled housekeeping after returning to the York County solicitor's office Monday morning.

Flannelly said he returned to the solicitor position because he loved the position, in which he had served since 2004, though being a judge had been a lifelong dream.

There are two other vacant seats on the bench in York County, but Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury Township, who had originally sent Flannelly's name to the Senate and Gov. Tom Corbett for confirmation, has said he's not sure he intends to try to fill them with appointments before they come up for election in 2015.

Flannelly, who has run a string of unsuccessful campaigns for judge, declined to comment on whether he would seek appointment or election to either of the open seats.

President County Commissioner Steve Chronister said commissioners wanted to hold the solicitor position for Flannelly until it was clear whether he was or wasn't going to serve a full term on the bench.

"He gave up a practice to come (to the county)," Chronister said. "He's an excellent solicitor and he did a great job."

Assistant solicitor Don Reihart served as acting solicitor in the interim.

-- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.