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Roanoke’s Judge Apgar to retire

Roanoke Circuit Judge Jonathan M. Apgar has announced he will retire in the spring.

In a letter to Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, Apgar said he will retire effective April 1, at the end of his current term.

Formerly in private practice in Roanoke, Apgar was elected by the General Assembly to the circuit bench in 1997.

“Being a jurist in the Commonwealth of Virginia has been my most earnest aspiration since 1975, when I was a law clerk to the Hon. William E. Spain, Judge of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Division II,” Apgar wrote in his letter.

On the bench, Apgar gained recognition for his efforts with Roanoke’s drug court program, the first in Virginia. The judge helped produce the award-winning video about the program, “The Arrest is Only the Beginning: How Virginia Drug Courts Succeed.”

Apgar, 61, said after 16 years on the bench, “it just seemed like a good time to move on to other things.” Apgar noted he has two grandchildren.

Apgar said he hopes to continue to serve on the bench as a retired judge.

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