Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey’s official portrait. (Alaska Court System)

One of the southern panhandle’s top judges is retiring. Superior Court Judge William Carey will soon step aside after 13 years hearing cases in Ketchikan, according to a state public notice.

Carey was appointed to the post by Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008. He frequently hears cases from Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell and Petersburg.

The bipartisan commission that selects state judicial candidates is taking applications to fill the upcoming vacancy. The Alaska Judicial Council is asking aspiring Ketchikan Superior Court judges to throw their name in the hat by 3 p.m. Friday.