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Welcome back! Ridge to serve until governor appoints replacement

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Norwalk Municipal Court welcomed back a familiar face Wednesday -- Judge John Ridge.

Ridge, who retired Monday, was back behind the bench, as the Ohio Supreme Court assigned him to serve until the governor appoints his replacement.

"It came as a surprise to me," Ridge said, adding the Ohio Supreme Court sent an email on Dec. 24 notifying him. "This is for the short term."

Ridge said there is not a two-month waiting period for him to be able to work again and collect retirement, as is often the case with public employees.

A story about Ridge and the process to find his replacement was published in Thursday's Reflector.

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