Citing health problems that prevent him from fulfilling his duties, Probate Judge Kevin M. O’Grady has submitted his letter of resignation to officials in the towns that comprise the probate district, Weston and Westport, and the state’s chief judge.
In his April 10 letter, Judge O’Grady, wrote, “My health has deteriorated quite significantly and I am no longer able to fulfill my responsibilities.”
Judge O’Grady, a Weston Democrat, has served as probate judge for Weston and Westport since 1999. “I wanted each of you to know how profoundly grateful I am to have served as probate judge…,’ he wrote.
In a separate letter to Chief Judge Paul J. Knierim, Judge O’Grady wrote, “It has been my absolute privilege to have worked with you … and all of my colleagues on the Probate Court bench. I am proud to have been a part of such a fine group of individuals. Please extend my heartfelt best wishes to all of the members of the Probate Court family and my thanks for all they have done for me.”
His letter was sent to First Selectman Gayle Weinstein and Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, and chairs of the Republican and Democratic town committees in Weston and Westport. Ms. Weinstein is away on vacation this week.
“It is with deep regret that I learn of Judge O’Grady’s intention to resign,” Mr. Joseloff said in an email message sent to the Forum on Tuesday. “He has served the residents of Westport and Weston not only with distinction, but with genuine compassion as he went about his official duties. I wish him well as he battles his health issues.”