MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith, recently a winner of a $79 million Powerball jackpot, will step down from the bench on Labor Day.
Smith, 63, of Martinsburg, made his resignation effective Sept. 6.
In a memo faxed Friday afternoon to 23rd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David H. Sanders' office, Smith said he "immensely" enjoyed his time as magistrate.
As chief judge, Sanders is responsible for appointing a replacement for Smith, who served two four-year terms as Berkeley County sheriff before being elected magistrate in 2008. Smith's term as magistrate expires in 2012.
"Hopefully, the decisions that were made by me were just, fair and in accordance with the law," Smith said in a brief interview Friday at his Berkeley County Judicial Center office.
Smith said he has enjoyed working with the public, first as a Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy for 12 years and then as a bail bondsman for 12 more, before being elected sheriff in 2000.