Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter is retiring.
Hunter, a Republican who would have been prohibited from running again because of the court's age restriction, sent a letter this week to the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio governor's office and local court officials announcing her decision to step down from the bench on July 31.
"It has been my great honor to serve as an elected official in Summit County," Hunter said in the letter.
The Summit County Republican Party will recommend candidates to fulfill the remainder of Hunter's term, which runs through February 2015, to Gov. John Kasich. Alex Arshinkoff, the party chairman, said the party likely will meet in early August.
Hunter served as a county judge for 16 years, first in juvenile court and then in common pleas. Before that, she was Clerk of Courts for Akron Municipal Court.
Hunter said in her letter that she would like to serve as a visiting judge after her retirement.