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The Honorable Rita L. Watson was appointed by the Garrett County Orphans' Court on July 1, 2009, to the position of Register of Wills. Rita has served as Chief Deputy Register of Wills to the retiring Register of Wills, Joseph DiSimone, for 30 years. She is a member of the Maryland Register of Wills Association and an Associate member of the Judges of the Orphans' Court Association.

Rita has 30 years of training and experience in probate law and the Register of Wills computer system. She has given community presentations on Wills and Probate as well as participated in various classes on ethics training, state procurement and disposal, and other classes relating to all aspects of her position as Register of Wills. Rita has also served as PC Administrator for the Garrett County Register of Wills Office.

Rita is a native of Garrett County and a graduate of Southern Garrett High School. She is also a member of the Southern Garrett Republican's Club as well as other community programs.

"I look forward to providing the citizens of Garrett County the same efficient, accurate and caring service I have provided for the past 30 years."