CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Supreme Court Chief Justice Evan Jenkins entered an administrative order Monday appointing senior status judge Jim Rowe to replace Wyoming County Circuit Judge Warren McGraw on the bench until Gov. Jim Justice names McGraw’s replacement.
McGraw announced his retirement last month. He said he suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and that’s made it difficult to fulfill his duties.
McGraw’s retirement takes effect next Monday, June 21.
Rowe can began hearing cases the next day.
Rowe’s been a senior status judge since 2016. The former state lawmaker was on the bench for 20 years in the 11th circuit that includes Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties.
McGraw, 82, was a two-term member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates and then served three terms in the state Senate, rising to become president. He won a Supreme Court seat in 1998.