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Ogle County searching for State's Attorney Ben Roe's replacement

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The hiring process officially opens for the state's attorney position in Ogle County.

Ben Roe will become a circuit judge after the new year, leaving some big shoes to fill at the county level.

For eight years Ben Roe has cleaned up a backlog of cases and lead the Ogle County Judicial System in the right direction.

He's done so well in fact, the Illinois Supreme Court decided to promote him.

"According to state law, there needs to be someone in place the day that Mr. Roe leaves and goes on to the bench which is January 7th," said Ogle County Board Chairman Kim Gouker.

Ogle County State's Attorney Ben Roe will not be easy to replace.

"He's worked hard, bringing in some staff people and developed a great team over there and now they're back on track with cases as they come in and they're processing them as they go along," said Gouker.

Along with Ogle County Board Chair Kim Gouker, the vice president and three other board members will interview candidates.

Once they've found a suitable replacement a recommendation will be presented to the full board.

"If we get a lot of applicants, John and I are going to look through the applications on Wednesday afternoon and we'll make a decision," said Gouker.

A decision to appoint more than just an attorney.

"We need to have someone who can administrate the office, be able to process the cases, make decisions on what kind of charges need to be brought."

The Ogle County Bar Association is sending notice of the position to all members.  Applicants interested can go through that outlet or contact the county board offices.

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