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Chief Justice Marilyn Kite

Marilyn Kite

Justice Marilyn S. Kite, the first woman to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court, is retiring this summer.

Chief Justice E. James Burke announced Wednesday that Kite will retire in August after over 14 years of service on the court.

Kite, a Jackson resident, was appointed by former Gov. Jim Geringer in 2000 and retained by election in 2002 and 2010. She served as chief justice from 2010 to 2014.

"This is a bittersweet moment for me," Kite said in a prepared statement. "Serving on the court has been a privilege and an honor. I will greatly miss my colleagues, the men and women of Wyoming's judiciary, and the dedicated Supreme Court staff and wish them all well as they continue to serve the citizens of this state."

Kite said she looks forward to continuing to work with the court and the Wyoming Bar Foundation on the development of the new Judicial Learning Center.

Kite, 67, was born and raised in Laramie and lives in Jackson, according to the release. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming. She worked as a lawyer for the state and for the Holland and Hart law firm before joining the court.

As chief justice, Kite advocated for improvements to court security, expansion of civics education, and the promotion of women interested in the law, the release states.

"We will miss her," Burke said of Kite, calling her a wonderful person and colleague. "She has contributed immeasurably to the citizens of this state and our system of justice."

Kite issued a formal notice that the state's Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from lawyers qualified to fill the vacancy through April 8.

Gov. Matt Mead will appoint Kite's replacement from a list of three finalists submitted the Judicial Nominating Commission submits to him.

Burke serves on the nominating commission allowing with lawyers Bruce A. Salzburg of Cheyenne, P. Craig Silva of Casper and Richard H. Honaker of Rock Springs. There are also three non-lawyers on the panel: Gina Monk of Gillette; Janine Thompson of Cheyenne; and Lori A. Emmert of Douglas.

Among the requirements to serve on the Wyoming Supreme Court are that a lawyer must be at least 30 years old, have at least nine years of experience in the practice of law and be a resident of the state for the past three years.

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