Michael Flannelly returns to York County solicitor job

Flannelly

Flannelly

After serving on the York County Court of Common Pleas and losing an election to former U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, Michael Flannelly is returning to his role as York County solicitor.

After serving on the York County Court of Common Pleas and losing an election to former U.S. Rep. Todd Platts, Michael Flannelly is returning to his role as York County solicitor.

“It’s been a job that I always really enjoyed doing, so I was glad that the commissioners provided me with the opportunity to go back,” Flannelly said Tuesday.

Flannelly, 57, of Spring Garden Township, returned to the office Monday to unpack. He also met with Donald Reihart, his temporary replacement, to discuss the status of cases, and take care of other housekeeping items. York County Commissioner Chris Reilly said formal action on the changes is expected today.

After Platts defeated Flannelly in November, Flannelly said he enjoyed his time on the bench and that very “few people on this planet get a chance to work at their dream job.”

So how did Flannelly feel to leave the bench and return to the county solicitor position?

“Well, my mother always said that you should bloom where you’re planted,” Flannelly said.

He declined to say whether he was considering running for judge in the future.

Reilly said he was disappointed that Flannelly didn’t remain on the bench.

“But we’re happy to have him back here,” Reilly said. “He’s an excellent solicitor.”

Last time

Michael Flannelly gets sworn in at the York County Judicial Center on Monday, July 9, 2012. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN

Michael Flannelly gets sworn in at the York County Judicial Center on Monday, July 9, 2012. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN

Flannelly was appointed to the bench to fill a vacancy created by the death of the late Judge Chuck Patterson, who died in November of 2011 at the age of 62. Flannelly was sworn into office in July of 2012.

Reihart, the assistant solicitor, became acting solicitor for the county. At the time, county officials said they decided not to permanently fill the position, because there was a possibility Flannelly could return.

Flannelly was defeated by Platts in the November election. Platts won a 10-year term to the bench.

Kieu Nguyet Thi Nguyen, from Vietnam, poses for a picture with Judge Flannelly during the Naturalization ceremony held at the York County Administrative Center on Thursday, March 28, 2013.  YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN

Kieu Nguyet Thi Nguyen, from Vietnam, poses for a picture with Judge Flannelly during the Naturalization ceremony held at the York County Administrative Center on Thursday, March 28, 2013. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN

What’s next?
Reilly said Reihart is returning to his role as assistant solicitor, with a focus on issues related to the York County Prison.

Reilly said Flannelly is slated to make $108,140, while Reihart is slated to make $80,000.

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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