Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif to retire in April

Posted at 5:43 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 11:33:25-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif plans to retire next month following a 38-year judicial career, including more than 11 years on the state's highest court.

Gov. Kevin Stitt says he received a letter from the 67-year-old Reif announcing he will retire from the nine-member court effective April 30.

A native of Skiatook, Reif was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2007 by Gov. Brad Henry. He served as chief justice in 2015 and 2016.

Reif began his judicial career in February 1981 as a special judge in Tulsa County and served 23 years on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

Stitt will appoint a new justice to the court from among three nominees chosen by the Judicial Nominating Commission. The appointment will be Stitt's first to the court

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