Mis­sis­sippi Chief Jus­tice Waller to re­tire at the end of Jan­uary

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The chief jus­tice of the Mis­sis­sippi Supreme Court says he will re­tire from the bench Jan. 31.

Jus­tice Wil­liam Waller Jr. of Jack­son an­nounced his plans in a news re­lease Fri­day. The 66-year-old Waller says he is in good health and “it’s just time” to step away from pub­lic ser­vice.

He will have served 21 years on the Supreme Court, with the last 10 as chief jus­tice.

Jus­tice Michael K. Ran- dolph of Hat­ties­burg is in line to be­come the next chief jus­tice.

Gov. Phil Bryant will ap­point a new jus­tice in Waller’s cen­tral Mis­sis­sippi dis­trict, and that per­son will serve the fi­nal three years of an eightyear term. The po­si­tion is up for elec­tion in Novem­ber 2020 for a term that be­gins in Jan­uary 2022.

Wil­liam Waller Jr.

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