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Home / Articles / News / Local NEWS /  Local judge plans to retire at end of year
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Thursday, December 20,2012

Local judge plans to retire at end of year

Athens County Common Pleas Judge Michael Ward announced Wednesday that he'll be retiring from the bench effective Dec. 31. In a news release, Ward cited recent changes to the state's public employees retirement system as the reason for his decision.

Ward has been a common pleas judge since 1992. Prior to that, he served as Athens County Prosecutor from 1981-1992. He is a U.S. Army veteran, and has also served as an assistant county prosecutor, a legal aid attorney, and the Nelsonville city prosecutor. He is a past president of the Ohio Common Pleas Judge Association.

Currently, Ward is a board member of the Ohio Supreme Court's Judicial College, and serves as board secretary.

Ward said he plans to accept assignments as a visiting judge after retiring. He has served in this capacity in Hocking, Meigs, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia and Montgomery counties.

He and his wife Barbara have two sons and a granddaughter.

 

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