Virgil Shipley/News Paul Spurgeon will retire as Municipal Court Judge on June 30.

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MOUNT VERNON — Municipal Court Judge Paul Spurgeon has decided to retire, effective June 30. He will have served in the post 14 and a half years, having first been elected in 1999.

“I didn’t want to stay too long,” Spurgeon said, “and I wanted to leave while I was still in good health. We (he and his wife, Linda) have three grandchildren in eastern Pennsylvania, we’re expecting another in Texas and I want to spend more time with them.”

“We also want to do a little traveling and my wife bought me a new fishing rod for Christmas.”

Spurgeon’s replacement will be named by Gov. John Kasich, who will likely seek recommendations from the local Republican Party.

“The governor doesn’t have to follow the local recommendations, but he usually does,” Spurgeon said.

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