Ric Ridgway, longtime prosecutor in 5th Judicial Circuit, retires

Apart from for a couple boxes stuffed with goods accumulated over the several years, the business house before long to be vacated by Chief Assistant Point out Lawyer Ric Ridgway is just about vacant.

A fixture at the Condition Attorney’s Business office for the 5th Judicial Circuit — which covers Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando counties — Ridgway has been a good friend, a shoulder to lean on, a mentor and an all-about pal to the adult men and women of all ages who prosecute situations in those people counties. 

“He’s a single of the most outstanding lawful minds I have at any time regarded,” stated Assistant Point out Lawyer Abundant Buxman, a colleague who has attempted cases with Ridgway.

With more than 4 a long time as a lawyer below his belt, Ridgway, 69, has determined it truly is time to retire from the prosecutor’s office environment. His very last day was Wednesday.