BUCKHANNON — A long-time circuit judge is retiring from office four years before his term is set to expire.
Thomas “Tom” Keadle said Friday that Jan. 31 will be his last day on the bench — fulltime anyway.
Keadle, who has submitted his intent to retire to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said he plans to continue as a senior status judge part-time.
“I just think it’s time,” he said simply when asked about why retiring now. “I will be 75 years old next month and it’s time to turn it over to someone else.”
Keadle said Tomblin will appoint a judicial vacancy advisory committee to select a minimum of two and a maximum of five candidates for the governor’s consideration.
“The governor is not bound to follow any of them, because it is just an advisory committee,” he said.
Tomblin will ultimately choose a replacement candidate who would serve until the next election.
Keadle’s term is set to expire December 31, 2016. Circuit judges serve eight-year terms.
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