HUNTINGTON, WV – Multiple sources have confirmed that Cabell County Circuit Judge Christopher Chiles is retiring. The sources say the judge will officially resign from the Sixth Circuit bench today or Friday.
The former Cabell County Prosecutor is a Cabell native and 1973 graduate of Huntington High School.
Chiles is a 1977 honors graduate of the University of Tennessee and a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law.
Judge Chiles was an Assistant Cabell County prosecuting attorney from 1982 to 1990 and also maintained a private, civil law practice from 1980 to 1990.
He was Cabell County’s elected prosecutor from 1990 to 2014.
In 2024, then-Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to the Sixth Circuit bench replacing Judge David Pancake. He was elected later that year and has subsequently been re-elected.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the City of Huntington Foundation; a member of the B.P.O Elks Lodge No. 313; and a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 16.
He is a former board member of the Developmental Therapy Center and the Cabell County Child Abuse Prevention Team.
He has held positions in many statewide and national associations, including serving as president of the National District Attorneys Association and vice-chairman of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Council.
He was active in scouting, Little League baseball, and youth soccer for many years. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Huntington, where he has been a choir member, Sunday School teacher, member of the Administrative Council, Scholarship Committee, and Staff/Parish Relations Committee.
He and his wife, Michaela, have three children.
The Supreme Court is expected to name a temporary replacement.
State law requires the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission to seek applications to fill the post until the next election. The commission will do interviews and usually forwards three names to the Governor, who will make the appointment to fill the remainder of the term.
Former Delegate Chad Lovejoy is one obvious replacement who has been working hard to seek retiring Judge Alfred Ferguson’s seat in the current election. No other candidates have filed for the seat at this time.