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.