Pittman to Step Down

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Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Ed Pittman announced Monday he's retiring at the end of March.

Pittman has been a state senator, elected state treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general. He joined the Supreme Court in 1989 and became chief justice in 2001. Pittman also retired from the Mississippi National Guard as brigadier general with 30 years of service.

Pittman has served in all three branches of government.

Pittman is retiring nine months before the expiration of his elected term, which would end in January 2005.

The governor will appoint someone to serve the unexpired term, and Justice Jim Smith of Brandon, a native of Winston County, will have the most seniority on the court and become chief justice. Smith has been on the court since 1994.