Justice Mills delivers letter of resignation to Governor

October 23, 2001

Justice Michael P. Mills of the Mississippi Supreme Court announced today that he is delivering his letter of resignation from the Court to Governor Ronnie Musgrove today. In Mills' letter, he notifies the Governor that his resignation from the Court is effective October 31, 2001.

In making his announcement, Mills stated, "I am officially notifying the Governor of my resignation so that he may quickly fill the vacant position which will be left by my departure. I feel that I owe an obligation to the Court to assist the Governor's office in any way possible to allow an orderly transition."

Mills also stated, "I am somewhat wistful in making this change in my career. I have had the good fortune to serve in state government for twelve years in the Mississippi Legislature and nearly six years on the Mississippi Supreme Court. During this time I have been blessed with wonderful staff persons and tremendous support from the voters of north Mississippi. I wish to thank all of them at this time for helping me contribute to the law and state government."

Mills stated that he will assume office on the federal bench in Oxford on November 1. A formal investiture ceremony has been set for December 21, 2001, in Oxford, Mississippi. As a federal judge, Mills will hear cases in Aberdeen, Oxford and Greenville.

For more information, contact court Public Information Officer Beverly Pettigrew Kraft at 601-354-7452, or e-mail