A Montgomery County resident with 11 years on the bench has been selected by his peers as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Judge Doug Jarman was selected on Friday, Nov. 20, by a vote of the other 11 circuit judges elected throughout the circuit to complete the term of Chief Judge Kimberly G. Koester, who is retiring at the end of the year.
A Jacksonville native, Judge Jarman began practicing law in 1985 in Hillsboro at the Bullington White and McPhail law firm, then began a solo practice in 2004.
He was appointed as an at-large circuit judge in Oct. 2009 and has served on the bench since then.
The Illinois Fourth Judicial Circuit, one of 23 Illinois judicial circuits, is comprised of nine counties: Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby, is populated by nearly 250,000 citizens, and is one of the largest geographic circuits in the state.
The chief judge of the circuit, among other administrative responsibilities, has general administrative authority over the courts in the Fourth Circuit and assigns the judges within the circuit. There are 19 judges serving the Fourth Circuit: 12 elected circuit judges (nine resident and three at-large) and seven appointed associate judges. Each of the judges of the Fourth Circuit may preside over cases in any of the nine counties and is assigned from time to time by order of the chief judge. The chief judge, whose office is in the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia, is assisted by an administrative staff consisting of a trial court administrator and court reporter supervisor.