BENTON — Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Tedeschi of Benton will begin serving a two-year term as chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit at the start of the new year.
The West Frankfort native was elected to the position by judges in the circuit at a recent meeting. Tedeschi will succeed Wabash County Resident Circuit Judge Stephen G. Sawyer, whose term as chief judge ends Dec. 31.
Subject to the authority of the Supreme Court, the chief judge has general administrative authority over the judicial circuit. The chief judge is responsible for assignment of judges and court reporters to particular counties, dissemination of information to judges and officers of the court, administration of the circuit’s court services/probation department, interaction with circuit clerks and other duties.
Tedeschi, 45, said he is excited to have the opportunity.
“I’m honored to be chosen by my peers and consider it a privilege to serve as chief judge of the Second Judicial Circuit,” he said. “I look forward to serving the citizens of the entire circuit.”
Tedeschi, a graduate of SIU School of Law, has served as Franklin County’s resident judge since 2008, when he was elected to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Loren P. Lewis.
He previously worked as a probation officer, Franklin County State’s Attorney investigator, police officer and deputy sheriff in Franklin County.
The Second Judicial Circuit includes 15 circuit judges and six associate judges in Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White