JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court plans to retire next year, the court system announced Monday.

Chief Justice Joel Bolger said he gave early notice of his intent to retire June 30 to help ensure a smooth transition, given the time it can take to fill a judicial vacancy, according to a release from the court system.

Bolger has served on the court since 2013, and his three-year term as chief justice began in July 2018. He served at the District Court and Superior Court levels, as well as on the Court of Appeals before his appointment to the Supreme Court. The court system said Bolger is the first person to have been appointed to all four levels of the Alaska judiciary.

The Alaska Judicial Council is charged with evaluating applicants for the seat and sending nominees to the governor for appointment.