HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Cabell County Circuit Court Judge David Pancake's retirement has left a vacancy on the bench.
Pancake notified Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in late September that he was retiring, effective Jan. 31. Tomblin has not yet appointed a replacement.
Cabell County Chief Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell tells The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kzZqSO ) that he will preside over Pancake's docket this week.
Farrell and state Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy say they expect Chief Justice Robin Davis will name a senior status judge as a temporary replacement. Bundy says that person would serve until Tomblin appoints Pancake's successor.
Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com