The Oklahoma Supreme Court has elected John Reif of Tulsa to serve as the high court's new chief justice, effective Jan. 1.
The court announced the results of its elections on Tuesday. The nine-member court also elected Justice Douglas Combs of Shawnee as vice chief justice.
Reif will replace Chief Justice Tom Colbert, who will rotate out of the chief justice position.
Both Reif and Combs were appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Democratic Gov. Brad Henry. Reif was a longtime judge on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, and Combs is a former district judge for Pottawatomie County.
The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court typically rotates every two years.