Washington state Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander will step down next year from his post and serve out the remainder of his term as an associate justice.
Alexander, who has served as chief justice since 2001, is set to retire at the end of 2011, the year in which he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 75 for judges in Washington. Alexander will remain a justice on the high court for the last two years of his term.
“It has been an incredible privilege and an honor to serve as the state’s Chief Justice for the past nine years,” said Alexander. “I am immensely proud of our Court, and I feel this is the perfect time to turn this position over to one of my able colleagues.”
Alexander was elected to the court in 1994.
The new Chief Justice will be selected by an internal election of the members of the Court in early November, with a swearing-in to the position to be held in January. The newly-elected Chief Justice will fill the remainder of Alexander’s current term.
The Chief Justice serves as the Court’s chief spokesperson, presides over the court’s public hearings and serves as the administrative head of the state’s judicial branch. The Chief Justice also chairs the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA), the policy-setting group of the state judiciary; the Washington State Bench-Bar-Press Committee and a number of other judicial organizations.