FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court says Justice Wil Schroder has a brain tumor and will retire.
The announcement Thursday said Schroder, 66, wanted to focus on his health and spend more time with family.
Schroder of Fort Mitchell was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006 for the 6th District, which encompasses and 21-county area. Before that, he served on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and as a trial judge in Kenton District Court.
Media reported Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said in a statement that he was "sorry" to hear about the retirement of his friend.
"Wil is highly ethical and is known for standing by his convictions," Minton said. "He brought a sharp intellect and meticulous approach to his work on the Supreme Court. He felt obligated every day to work hard on behalf of the people in his district and the state. The Supreme Court will not be the same without him."
Leigh Ann Hiatt, a spokeswoman for the Administrative Office of the Courts, says Gov. Steve Beshear will appoint a replacement after getting a recommendation from the judicial nominating commission.