JUDGE WREN ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RETIRE — Wise County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge Stephen Wren announced Wednesday his intent to retire from the bench Sept. 1. “I have reached a point in my life where I am simply ready to spend my days doing something new,” Wren said in a letter provided to the Wise County Messenger. “I have nine grandchildren ages 1 to 19, and I plan to spend even more time with them and their parents and at their activities. I also intend to continue serving the community, county and people I love so dearly, but in new ways and on a volunteer basis.” In the letter, Wren thanked commissioners and the citizens for providing him the opportunity to serve as judge, and he thanked his staff for their support. Wren was appointed to the post in 2011 when the County Court-at-Law No. 2 was created by commissioners. He was elected three times since then. Wise County Judge J.D. Clark expects commissioners to discuss the pending open seat during Monday’s meeting. Commissioners will appoint to fill the seat until the 2024 election.