CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Recently retired Kanawha family court judge Mike Kelly will stay on the bench until his replacement is named.
West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis issued an administrative order Tuesday that said Kelly would serve temporarily because of the court’s heavy caseload.
Kelly retired at the end of August. His eight-year term ends in 2016. Three names have been recommended to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin by the state Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission to fill the seat until an election: Erica N. Lord, R. Joseph Zak and Darlene Ratliff Washington.
Kelly, a Democrat, has served as family judge in Kanawha County for 13 years.