OREGON – Newly elected Ogle County State’s Attorney Ben Roe soon will be sitting on the other side of the bench.
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Roe to serve as an Ogle County Resident Circuit Judge, effective Jan. 7. He will replace Judge Michael Mallon, who is retiring Dec. 4.
On Nov. 6, Ogle County voters elected Roe, a Republican, to his third term. He ran unopposed and received 19,188 votes.
Roe now will fill out the last 2 years of Mallon’s 6-year term, which expires Dec. 1, 2014.
According to the state Supreme Court order filed Nov. 8, the state justices met Sept. 10 to appoint Roe to fill Mallon’s vacancy.
Roe will be sworn in as state’s attorney Dec. 1, Ogle County Clerk Rebecca Huntley said. The county board must appoint someone to fill the first 2 years of his 4-year term. The final 2 years will be up for grabs in the November 2014 general election.
Ogle County Board Chairman Jim Barnes, whose term expires Nov. 30, said he does not know if applications will be sought for Roe’s replacement or when the appointment will be made.
“I’m not going to be involved in that,” Barnes said. “It will be up to the new chairman and new board.”