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Rock named interim state’s attorney

Posted: Thursday, Jan 10th, 2013

OREGON — Following the ceremony to swear in new Circuit Court Judge John “Ben” Roe Monday morning, Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker appointed Mike Rock as interim Ogle County State’s Attorney.

Rock, who is current assistant state’s attorney, was sworn in by Judge Robert Hanson. Rock has been Roe’s 1st Assistant State’s Attorney since December 2010, a position he also held from 1994-2000 under then State’s Attorney Doug Floski. In between his time in the State’s Attorney’s office Rock was in private practice for nearly 11 years in criminal defense in Rockford.

Gouker will make a recommendation for a permanent state’s attorney to the full county board on Jan. 15, at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

On Dec. 18, the Ogle County board voted 13-11 rejecting Gouker’s recommendation of M. Thomas Suits of Polo. The other candidates who applied were former Associate Judge Robin Minnis and public defender Eric Morrow.

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.

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