- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Longtime Kanawha County Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr. is retiring.

Secretary Melody Shannon tells media outlets that the 81-year-old Zakaib (zuh-KAYB’) plans to retire on Aug. 31.

Zakaib was appointed to the bench in 1986. He lost a re-election bid but was reappointed when Margaret Workman was elected to the state Supreme Court in 1988.

Zakaib also served four terms in the House of Delegates as a Republican.

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