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Judge Thomas Keadle Planning To Retire From Bench After 28 Years

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BUCKHANNON -

Judge Thomas Keadle has announced plans to retire after nearly 28 years on the bench.

Keadle is the 26th Judicial Circuit Court Judge for Upshur and Lewis Counties.

He said he's thought about retirement in the last couple of months.

January 1st marks 28 years for Keadle on the bench.

In his career in public service, Keadle served four years in the Marines, eight years as a State Police trooper and 10 years as an attorney.

Keadle said serving as a judge has been interesting, and he's enjoyed it.

Keadle has some idea of what he wants to do after he retires.

"I want to do some senior status work, its kinda like being a part time judge in different places here and there. Probably eventually move back or move over to Romney that's my wife's hometown, and she wants to move back there, she came here with me for some 30 years, and now its my turn to follow her," said Keadle.

"When a bailiff comes into court to announce a judge he always says "The honorable Thomas H Keadle presiding", and he's truly an honorable man. He's the fairest man I've ever met in my life, and what I think sets him apart from other judges is that he truly cares about everyone that comes before him," said Jeannie Hyre, court reporter.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will appoint Keadle's successor.

Recommendations will come from a judicial vacancy advisory commission with the state supreme court of appeals.