Norwalk Municipal Court Judge John Ridge will retire effective Dec. 31.
Ridge told the Reflector about his decision on Monday morning, shortly after informing his staff.
Ridge is in the second year of his fifth six-year term. He said when he ran the last time, he expected to finish out his term, but changes in the retirement rules forced his hand.
A story about Ridge's retirement was published on the front page of Monday's Reflector.