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Retiring Athens County Judge to Fill Own Vacancy

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/4/13 @ 10:15 a.m.
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An Athens County Common Pleas Court Judge who announced his retirement last year will fill his own vacancy.

According to WOUB, Judge Michael Ward will serve a three-month term until his replacement is named.

Ward has been judge since 1992. Prior to that, he was the Athens County prosecuting attorney from 1981 to 1992. He announced his retirement back in December.

Ward decided to retire due to changes in the state's pension law. He says he does plan to accept assignments as a visiting judge.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/19/12
ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An Athens County Common Pleas Court judge is retiring at the end of the year.

Judge Michael Ward announced Wednesday that after 20 years, he will retire. His last day is December 31.

Ward has been judge since 1992. Prior to that, he was the Athens County prosecuting attorney from 1981 to 1992.

According to a release, Ward says he plans to accept assignments as a visiting judge.

Ward cited changes in the state's pension law as a reason for his retirement.


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