Carroll County State’s Attorney Scott Brinkmeier has been named the new associate judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit.
The appointment was announced Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, in an administrative order from Judge Robert Hanson, chief judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit.
The appointment is effective Monday, March 1.
Brinkmeier, 53, of Mount Carroll, was selected from a field of seven candidates by a secret ballot majority vote of the eight resident judges in the circuit. The votes were tabulated by Marcia Meis, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
The associate judge vacancy was created after Associate Judge Jerry Kane was elected Carroll County Resident Judge in November, succeeding Judge Val Gunnarsson, who retired.
Brinkmeier had been elected to his sixth four-year term as state’s attorney in November.
“I want to thank the citizens of Carroll County for the support they have provided to me during my tenure as Carroll County State’s Attorney,” Brinkmeier told the Mirror-Democrat/Times-Journal Tuesday. “I appreciate being selected by the eight circuit judges as the next associate judge in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and plan to work hard every day to live up to the example they have set.”
A 1985 Lanark High School graduate, Brinkmeier received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Millikin University and his law degree in 1992 from the University of Illinois College of Law.
He was an associate with Vincent & Roth, P.C., in Galena from 1992-93 and served as an assistant state’s attorney in Whiteside County from 1993-2000. He was first elected Carroll County State’s Attorney in 2000, winning re-election in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.
Brinkmeier is married to the former Denise Crouse, a 1986 Mount Carroll High School graduate and a reading teacher at West Carroll Primary School School. They have two adult daughters, Keeley and Olivia Brinkmeier.
The new associate judge is the son of Norman, former Carroll County treasurer, and Mary Brinkmeier of Lanark.
The Carroll County Board will approve a resolution at its meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, declaring a vacancy in the state’s attorney’s office. The county Republican and Democratic parties will be notified and may submit names for a replacement. Brinkmeier is a Republican.
County Board Chairman Kevin Reibel will recommend a replacement at a later meeting, which must be approved by a majority of the nine County Board members.
The other applicants for the associate judge vacancy were David Brown, Michelle Buckwalter-Shurman, Anthony Coon, Ronald Hennings and Aaron Kaney.