West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Menis Ketchum has submitted a letter of retirement of resignation to Governor Jim Justice after nearly a decade on the bench. The resignation will take effect on Friday, July 27.
“I have directed my general counsel to provide the necessary documentation to the Judicial Vacancy Commission and other state agencies as may be appropriate to fill this vacancy created by Justice Ketchum’s resignation,” Gov. Justice said.
In April, a report from the West Virginia State Auditor alleged that Ketchum inappropriately used state vehicles for personal reasons, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Gov. Justice says he sent a letter to Justice Ketchum acknowledging his resignation and retirement and thanked him, on behalf of the people of West Virginia, for his public service during his tenure on the State Supreme Court.