KENNEWICK, Wash.- After 22 years on the bench, Benton-Franklin Superior Court Judge Dennis Yule is stepping down.
Yule says he will not seek re-election and step down at the end of this year.
He says for a man who's job it has been to make difficult decisions, retirement is one of the toughest he's ever made.
"I love my work, I love the people that I work with, I love this community, I love the people that I serve," the Hon. Yule said.
Yule says he wants to spend more time with his nine grandchildren as they grow up, but he wants to continue serving as a pro-tem judge when needed.
He'll also continue work with juvenile justice.
His replacement will come out of the November elections.