Superior Court Judge J. David Roper announced Monday that he is retiring.
Roper sent out an e-mail announcing his decision, a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday.
Roper said he is notifying the governor about an appointment to fill his seat. Roper’s term ends in 2018.
His last day would be Feb. 5, according to an e-mail announcement.
Roper was elected to the Augusta Judicial Circuit bench in December 2006 when he beat attorney William “Bill” Williams in a runoff.
Monday’s e-mail notification was sent after Roper informed the other judges and his staff of his decision.
Roper graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1973 and practiced law in the Augusta area until he assumed the judgeship, replacing then-Chief Judge William M. Fleming Jr.
Outside the courthouse, Roper serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher and is active in Rotary International.
Roper is the second Superior Court judge to announce his retirement. Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet announced his plan to retire earlier this year. Richmond County State Court Judge John Flythe won the recent election to fill Overstreet’s seat.