Supreme Court Justice Evan Jenkins has resigned from his position on the state’s highest court, sending a letter to Gov. Jim Justice saying his resignation would be effective Sunday.
His plans are to return to private practice.
“It has been my privilege and honor to serve the great people of West Virginia for the past four years,” Jenkins wrote in his letter.
“Evan has dedicated his entire life to public service, and on behalf of all West Virginians, we thank him,” Governor Justice said. “It was one of my greatest honors to nominate Evan to our Supreme Court in 2018 and since then he and his colleagues have restored the honor and integrity of our court. I look forward to appointing a new judge who can take his place and carry the torch of honor and integrity into the future. »
The Judicial Vacancies Advisory Board will immediately begin the process of filling this position with a person nominated to serve as a judge until the people of West Virginia elect a new judge.
Jenkins served in the West Virginia House of Delegates, the State Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and then the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as Chief Justice.
Governor Justice also sent a letter to Justice Jenkins, acknowledging his retirement and thanking him on behalf of the people of West Virginia for his public service during his time on the Supreme Court.