Fayette County circuit court judge announces retirement

Fayette County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Blake, Jr. has announced that he will retire at the end of his term.

Blake was appointed to the court by then-Governor Joe Manchin in 2005. He was elected for the first time in 2006 and re-elected in 2008 and 2016.

“After nearly 50 years in the legal community, I feel now is the time to enter retirement to enjoy the remainder of my time on earth, doing what I want, and when I want to do it,” Blake said.

Before joining the court, he served in the United States Army, was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, and served as the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney on two separate occasions.

He will still be involved as a Senior Status Circuit Judge, serving when directed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

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