A Cumberland Township police officer hopes to become Magisterial District Judge in District 51-3-04.
Tim Biggins, a resident of Menallen Township, said Wednesday he believes his experience interacting with the district justice’s office and the public for 16 years as a Cumberland Township detective and patrolman qualifies him for the position.
District judge candidates are allowed to cross-file, so Biggins will appear on the Democratic and Republican ballots in May’s primary election.
“I believe that it is a way where I can still serve my community, advance my career and improve the area that I love,” the 41-year-old Biggins said. “The district magistrate is the area of the judiciary that the public has the most contact with.”
The office is currently held by Mark Beauchat, who is seeking re-election.
A lifelong resident of Adams County, Biggins has investigated numerous types of cases throughout his career with the police force, including child abuse, domestic violence, narcotics and driving under the influence.
Biggins is a certified K-9 handler and works with his K-9 partner, Max. He is also the coordinator for the Adams County DUI Task Force, a position he has held since the Force’s founding in 2005. He has also been a narcotics investigator with the Adams County Drug Task Force since 1997.
Biggins said he hopes to work with state and local police departments to improve upon how district justices and the courts serve the public and police departments. This will lead to taxpayer savings, he said.
Last year, the county created a Central Court system in which each of the county’s four district justices rotate preliminary hearing duty on Wednesdays. This has allowed the judges to focus on other aspects of their jobs when they are not in Central Court.
Biggins hopes to expand on this idea by block scheduling hearings based on the responding police departments.
“It makes it easier for chiefs and sergeants who create officer’s schedules,” he said.
This is not Biggins’ first time seeking a public office. He served as Franklin Township supervisor from 2001 to 2004, he said.
He also holds memberships in several organizations, including the Cashtown Fire Department, Sons of the American Legion Post 202, Adams County Fish and Game Association, Tri County Lodge #76 of the Federal Order of Police and the Adams County Hand Gunners Association. He is also a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Gettysburg.
Biggins’ wife, Christine, is a teacher in the Gettysburg Area School District. The couple has two sons.
District 51-3-04 includes Arendtsville, Bendersville, Biglerville, Carroll Valley and Fairfield boroughs and Butler, Cumberland, Franklin, Liberty, Menallen, Highland, Hamiltonban and Freedom townships.
In addition to Biggins and Beauchat, Franklin Township residents Sherri Hansen and Ryan Morris are also running for the office.
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