Accepting an appointment as circuit judge wasn't an easy decision for Ogle County State's Attorney John B. (Ben) Roe IV.
"I'm humbled and honored," Roe said Monday. "It was a very difficult decision to leave the behind the state's attorney's office. I hope, in the new role, to have similar opportunities to make a difference in the community."
The Illinois Supreme Court entered an order Nov. 8 naming Roe, 37, to fill the unexpired term of Judge Michael T. Mallon, 64, who is retiring Dec. 4.
Roe's appointment is effective Jan. 7.
Roe, a Republican, was elected to a third term in his current post Nov. 6. He ran unopposed and received 19,188 votes.
Roe will fill out the last 2 years of Mallon's term, which expires Dec. 1, 2014.
Mallon, also a Republican, was elected to a 6-year term on the bench in 2008.
Roe will be sworn in as state's attorney Dec. 1 and serve the first month of his new term.
The county board chairman has the responsibility to to appoint someone to fill the first 2 years of Roe's 4-year term. The final 2 years will be on ballot in the Nov. 2014 General Election.
Roe said he expects the appointment will be made in December after the new board is seated and a new chairman is elected.
The new state's attorney will likely be sworn in Jan. 7.
"I plan to work with whoever is appointed for a smooth transition," Roe said.
Roe was first elected state's attorney in 2004. Prior to that he was an assistant state's attorney in Carroll County.
He was also a juvenile probation officer at Focus House and worked at the Ogle County Sheriff's Department.
As state's attorney, he contributed to the development of an adult drug court, juvenile drug court (set to open in 2013), a domestic violence response protocol, and juvenile justice diversion and detention alternative programming.
Roe was named the 2012 Northern Illinois University Alumni Association Most Outstanding Alumni for the College of Law.
He received a juries doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law and a bachelor's degree in government from Centre College, Danville, Ky.