BY KATIE PETERSON
RNL Staff Writer
OGLE COUNTY — Ogle County State’s Attorney John B. “Ben” Roe will be seeing a new view of Ogle County courtrooms as he takes over for retiring judge Michael Mallon.
Judge Mallon is retiring on Dec. 4, leaving the last two years of his six-year term open. Roe will be sworn in as judge and begin his new position Jan. 7, 2013.
The Illinois Supreme Court met on Nov. 8 to appoint Roe to fill Mallon’s vacancy. According to the order, Roe will reside as Resident Circuit Judge of Ogle County, 15th Judicial Circuit, until Dec. 1, 2014.
“I am very humbled and honored that the Supreme Court had faith in me,” Roe said. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of Ogle County as Circuit Judge. I recognize the responsibilities of a Circuit Judge and will fulfill them to the best of my ability.”
Judge Mallon was appointed to the bench in 1998, and elected to the Circuit Judge position in 2002. He is the current presiding judge of Ogle County.
The Ogle County board will be responsible for filling the open State’s Attorney position. Roe, a Republican, was re-elected for a four-year term in the Nov. 6 election. Whoever fills the State’s Attorney position will serve two years of the term and the position will be open for the election in 2014.
According to Ogle County Clerk Rebecca Huntley, once the county board receives official notice of Roe’s departure from State’s Attorney’s office, they have three days to notify the Republican Central Committee of the vacancy.
“The Ogle County State’s Attorney position must be filled within 60 days by appointment of the chairman of the county board with a county board vote,” Huntley said.
The decision to fill the position from within the Ogle County State’s Attorney office or open up the position for interviews will be up to the Ogle County Board chairman.
The Ogle County Board was redistricted and in the Nov. 6 election all county board members were elected — the new board members will begin their positions Dec. 1.
According to current Ogle County Board Chairman James L. Barnes, the board cannot do anything until Roe officially resigns and filling the position will be up to the new board and chairman in December.
Roe was first elected Ogle County State’s Attorney in 2004. As Ogle County State’s Attorney, Roe has contributed to the development of an adult drug court, juvenile drug court (set to open in 2013), a domestic violence protocol, and juvenile justice diversion and detention alternative programming.