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Interim State's Attorney for Ogle County

An interim State's Attorney will be named on Monday for Ogle County.

Board Chairman Kim Gouker of Byron will select the person who is currently working in the State's Attorney's office. A permanent State's Attorney for Ogle County will be discussed during the next board meeting scheduled for January 15th in Oregon.

Ogle County is looking for a replacement involving current State's Attorney Ben Roe. He will be sworn into office as a Circuit Judge on Monday. Roe has held the position since 2004.

On December 18th, the Ogle County board voted 13-11 in rejecting a recommendation from Gouker in appointing Polo attorney Thomas Suits to the position.

Suits was 1 of 4 candidates interviewed for State's Attorney by a 5-member committee. The other candidates included Mike Rock from the State's Attorney's office, former Judge Robbin Minnis, and Ogle County public defender Eric Morrow. Gouker plans to recommend 1 of the 4 attorneys during the meeting on January 15th.

1 of the main reasons a special meeting was not called for the Ogle County board prior to Monday was the cost to have the session.

The person appointed as the new State's Attorney in Ogle County will hold the position for 2 years since Roe was recently re-elected in November to a 4-year term. There will be a special election for the final 2 years of the term in November of 2014.


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