CANTON: Stark County Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr. retired Wednesday after more than 10 years on the bench.

In a letter to Gov. John Kasich, Brown said that while he was “still capable of trying cases and meeting the requirements of trial work, I am concerned that I will not be able to discharge all of my additional day-to-day administrative duties according to my normal practice for the remaining two years of my term. Therefore, I must choose between not giving the taxpayers at least a full eight-hour work day five days a week and recognizing my age and retiring. I choose the latter.”

Brown turned 70 in June.

Gov. Robert Taft appointed Brown to the judgeship on Feb. 11, 2001. He was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008. His term was to end Dec. 31, 2014.

Brown earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University Law School in 1967. A Marine, Brown served as chief trial counsel for the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam.

He practiced law in Alliance and was a senior partner in Brown, Lundgren and Goldthorpe before joining the bench. He also served as acting judge for Alliance Municipal Court from 1999 to 2001.