CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Longtime Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib will retire at the end of August. The judge submitted his letter of resignation to the state Supreme Court Monday. The governor’s office was also notified.


Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib

Zakaib, 81, was actually appointed twice to the position. The first time in 1986 for Circuit Judge Robert Smith, who retired. Zakaib lost the election for the seat and then was re-appointed when Kanawha County Circuit Judge Margaret Workman took a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will have the final say on Zakaib’s replacement. Zakaib is a Republican.

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  • good or bad

    Zakib is the poster child for term limits. Some judges stay too long and act like they know everything and have heard it all. Term limits will stop that mentality.

  • C. F. T.

    Congratulations on your retirement Judge Zakaib, you have served the Citizens of Kanawha Co. very, very well. Also it has been a honor to know you as a friend for the past 25 or so years.

  • Bh

    I served on a jury trial that Judge Zakaib presided over. He was extremely kind and professional to everyone involved in the trial. He has been an asset to the Kanawha County Judicial system.