Kansas Chief Justice Davis retires

TOPEKA | Chief Justice Robert Davis has retired from the Kansas Supreme Court, citing health concerns. His resignation is effective immediately.

The 70-year-old Davis sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Mark Parkinson informing him of his decision. Davis has been on medical leave since the spring, but continued to work on court administrative matters and caseload as his health allowed.

Court spokesman Ron Keefover declined to elaborate on Davis' health issues.

Justice Lawton Nuss, the next senior justice on the seven-member court, will replace Davis as chief justice.

Davis had been on the court since 1993.