OK Supreme Court justice announces retirement

Justice John Reif ends 38 year judicial career
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Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif will retire next month after more than 11 years on the state’s highest court.

The 67-year old Reif will end a 38 year judicial career and sent a letter to Governor Kevin Stitt announcing his retirement effective April 30th. Gov. Stitt will appoint Reif’s replacement from three nominees chosen by the Judicial Nominating Commission. It will be Stitt’s first appointment to the state’s high court.

A native of Skiatook, Reif was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2007 by Gov. Brad Henry. He served as chief justice in 2015 and 2016.

Reif began his judicial career in February 1981 as a special judge in Tulsa County and served 23 years on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.