Chief Justice William L. (Bill) Waller Jr. announced he will retire on January 31, 2019.
“I have elected to tender my resignation and retire from public service effective January 31, 2019, completing more than 21 years of service on the Mississippi Supreme Court and 10 years as Chief Justice. It has been my highest privilege to be elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court and serve as Chief Justice of Mississippi.” – Chief Justice Bill Waller
Waller says he plans to continue teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also plans to continue to assist on cases as a senior status judge. Waller’s tenure produced an expansion in drug courts around the state. He is also advocated free family law clinics and reforms in electronic court filings.
Presiding Justice Mike Randolph will become the Chief Justice after Waller leaves at the end of January.
Governor Phil Bryant will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Waller’s term. The next election for District 1, Place 1 is November 2020.
Names already in the offing for the post include; Court of Appeals Judge Jack Wilson who worked on Governor Bryant’s staff, former state lawmaker and current Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton and Judge Kenny Griffis, who is the senior judge on the Court of Appeals. He was first elected in November 2002.