FRANKFORT, Ky. - Senate President David Williams has accepted an appointment as circuit judge in southern Kentucky, meaning he'll be leaving the Legislature in one week.
Williams told reporters Friday that he appreciates the appointment by his fierce political rival Gov. Steve Beshear.
Beshear said in a brief statement Friday afternoon that the appointment is effective Nov. 2. That's when Williams will resign his Senate seat.
The salary for Williams' new job about $124,000 a year, more than double what he makes as a lawmaker. Taking the position could also double state pension benefits for the 59-year-old after he retires.
Williams' appointment would fill the two years remaining in the term of Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace, who died in September.
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