West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin wasted no time in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virgina created by Justice Joseph P. Albright’s death, and is receiving praise for his choice.

Justice Thomas E. McHugh, who served on the Court from 1980 to 1999 and was appointed last summer by then-Chief Justice Elliott E. "Spike" Maynard to fill in for Justice Albright during his illness, has agreed to serve the remainder of the term through 2010.  Here is an article by Phil Kabler in today’s Charleston Gazette in which Justice McHugh noted that he’s keeping his options open for 2010, although he has ruled out running for a 12-year term in 2012.

And to prove that public service can involve some sacrifice, Justice McHugh will give back part of his salary so that his combined judicial pension and salary do not exceed the $121,000 salary for the position because he does not want to make more than a sitting justice.