BISMARCK, N.D. - Judge Bruce Haskell of the South Central Judicial District, which includes Bismarck, says he is retiring after more than 20 years on the bench.
He announced earlier this month he won't seek re-election in the fall.
He says he's seen many things as judge but the most wearing has been custody hearings, he says this is one of the reasons why he's stepping down
Haskell ran for judge in 1995, and was re-elected several times, one of his staff members Lisa Schmidt has worked with him since 1996.
"Just kind of know, what each other is thinking. What, how things are going to work, what we're going to do. It just flows," said Schmidt.
She says she's tried to convince him to stay but has been unsuccessful.
"It's been over twenty years and I'd like to see somebody run for election as opposed to the appointment process. And I would have to wait another six years to do that and I would prefer to step out now while I'm still healthy and have a lot of things to do," said Haskell.
Haskell was a prosecutor for many years.
But what's next?
"There's a possibility down the road, I've given a little thought to state legislature, possibly. But that would have to be down the road aways," said Haskell.
For now he says he's looking to continue volunteering around the community, hunting and enjoying hockey with his family.
He tells me he might pick up a small role at University of Mary.
His last day as judge is Dec. 31.