MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Monongalia County Circuit Judge Russell Clawges has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2019. Clawges, who will be 69 next month, has served on the 17th Circuit bench since 1997.
Clawges has asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to make him a senior status judge, allowing him to stay on the bench until Governor Jim Justice appoints his replacement. The court is expected to make a decision on that in January.
“It’s just time. I’ve got 22 years in. I am way past 65. It’s time to do something else,” said Judge Clawges.
Clawges was first appointed by Governor Gaston Caperton and was reelected in 1998, 2000, 2008 and 2016.
He is a Morgantown native, two-time West Virginia University graduate and an Air Force veteran.
Clawges, who has seven grandchildren, says he would like to spend more time with them and work on his golf game.
He also plans to continue as an adjunct faculty member at the WVU College of Law.