OGLE County is still without an appointment for the next State’s Attorney. The county board voted down a recommendation by Chairman Kim Gouker on Dec. 18 to appoint M. Thomas Suits of Polo as the next State’s Attorney.
Current State’s Attorney Ben Roe will step down on Jan. 7 when he will be taking a circuit judge appointment in the 15th Judicial Circuit that day. By state law, the appointment of a successor State’s Attorney will only be valid for the remainder of the first two years of the current four year term to which Roe had been recently elected. A special election for Ogle County State’s Attorney, will be held to fill the final two years of the term, at the next General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.
Gouker has been looking at statutes and working with his vice chairman to develop the next step. With the holidays they haven’t been able to come up with what that next step with be.
“This is a unique situation and a long-term decision,” Gouker said. “I want to make sure we take the time to bring something to the board that we can work with to develop a more permanent solution.”
An appointment must take place before Roe is sworn in as a judge. If a replacement hasn’t been decided on, an interim state’s attorney could also be appointed. The county board doesn’t have a regularly scheduled meeting again until Jan. 15 after the deadline to name a new state’s attorney.