LETTER: Menges not qualified, can't serve full term

York Dispatch

Did you know most York County Bar Association attorneys polled rated judicial candidate Chris Menges "not qualified"? Did you also know that, should he be elected, Menges would only be able to serve half of the 10-year term because of his age? Yet, after just five years, Menges will be eligible for a fully funded taxpayer pension and family medical care for life.

Let me explain. There is a mandatory retirement rule that requires our county judges to retire at age 70. This rule is not likely to change because it would require an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

So when you have a judicial candidate (Menges), who is 65 years old, what you have is someone who would only serve for five years and then go off into the sunset with a full pension.

And so that is what we would have with Chris Menges, a not-qualified judge with taxpayer-funded retirement and life-long medical care after serving just five years — half of the 10-year term he wants you to give him.

Our courts are one of our most important institutions. Let's do the right thing. Elect Michael Flannelly and Kathleen Prendergast for York County judges — not Chris Menges.


Spring Garden Twp.