Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder has resigned after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, the court announced in a news release.
Schroder, 66, of Fort Mitchell, will focus on his health and family in retirement, the release said.
He was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2006, and his eight-year term expires next year. He previously served 15 years on the Court of Appeals before his election.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. said in a statement Schroder is “highly ethical” and “known for standing by his convictions.”
“He brought a sharp intellect and meticulous approach to his work on the Supreme Court,” Minton said. “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.”
The judicial nominating commission in Schroder’s Supreme Court district will recommend a replacement, who will be appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.