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No state’s attorney appointment yet

Board chairman: ‘I’m trying to assess this and take a slower approach’

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Kim Gouker

OREGON – Ogle County may be without a state’s attorney when John B. “Ben” Roe vacates the post Monday to ascend to the bench.

County Board Chairman Kim Gouker said Monday that “nothing is new” in naming Roe’s replacement since the board turned down the selection committee’s recommendation, Polo attorney M. Thomas Suits, 13-11, on Dec. 18.

“I’m trying to assess this and take a slower approach to it,” Gouker said.

Next Monday, Roe, 37, will replace Ogle County Circuit Judge Michael Mallon, who retired last month.

“I’m not going to rush it just because of that date,” Gouker said. “I want the right person, and I would hope this would be a 10-year appointment. I’m meeting with people, and I’m working on it.”

Suits was one of four candidates interviewed in early December by a committee made up of Gouker and four other board members.

The other candidates were Robin Minnis, Eric Morrow, and Mike Rock. Minnis and Morrow are attorneys; Rock is an assistant state’s attorney. Minnis and Morrow formerly served as assistant state’s attorneys.

Although Gouker has the authority to appoint a new state’s attorney, he opted to involve the county board in the process by appointing the selection committee to make a recommendation to the board.

The person appointed will fill the first 2 years of Roe’s 4-year term, then the office will be up for election in November 2014.

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