PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Rhode Island's Chief Family Court Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah Jr. has announced that he will retire.
Jeremiah made the announcement Thursday in a letter to Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEER'-ee).
The 74-year-old Warren resident was first appointed to the Family Court in March 1986 and had been the top judge on the court since March 1987.
On the Family Court, Jeremiah oversaw the creation of the Juvenile Drug Court, the Family Treatment Court and the Mental Health Court Clinic.
Last year, Jeremiah barred former chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Frank Williams from visiting his goddaughter as part of the divorce case of Williams' former driver and her husband.
He also finalized the divorce petition between Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch and his estranged wife.
Jeremiah said he would stay until a successor is named.