UPDATE: Clerk of Courts Don O'Shell to vacate position, asks Wolf to allow chief deputy to hold job until 2020

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

York County Clerk of Courts Don O'Shell will not be running for re-election this year, instead vacating the seat early to take a director of staff position at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

O'Shell, of Red Lion, was first elected to the position responsible for processing, maintaining and recording criminal case records for the Court of Common Pleas in 2003.

O'Shell had enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1994 and was commissioned in 1997 as a second lieutenant. He has continued to remain involved.

"I've had that long-term commitment to the Air National Guard," O'Shell said. "It wasn't necessarily something I was looking for, but it was inevitable a part-time job would become a full-time job."

York County Clerk of Courts Don O'Shell shows off his mini T-wall from his time in Afghanistan during a meeting with his co-workers Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the judicial center. O'Shell was in Afghanistan for four months as an air adviser for the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing. Amanda J. Cain photo

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O'Shell sent a resignation letter to Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday, Feb. 14, announcing he will start his new position Sunday, March 3. In it, he requested that Chief Deputy Clerk Georgine Keiser In his resignation letter, O’Shell requested that Chief Deputy Clerk Georgine Keiser — who is pending an appointment by the state Senate to replace him — holds the position until a new office-holder is elected this fall and gets sworn in. 

Wolf spokesman JJ Abbott said the governor will review O'Shell's request, but a decision has not yet been made.

O'Shell's county and military duties often overlapped, as he currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the 193rd Special Operations Force Support Squadron in Middletown, Dauphin County.

He also serves as a U.S. Air Force Academy admissions liaison officer, where he identifies, advises and recruits candidates for the academy.

Additionally, when he won re-election in 2015 to his fourth term, he was sworn in early because of a pending deployment to Afghanistan that lasted roughly five months.

"My sincere thanks and deep gratitude to my staff, to my fellow row officers, to the court and all of our York County partners who have done and continue to do amazing work on a daily basis in service to the courts and people of York County," O'Shell said. "Our achievements wouldn’t have been possible without your help and support."

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.