Menard County will ask the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor’s Office to take over criminal cases and the county’s day-to-day legal affairs… until a replacement can be named for State’s Attorney Ken Baumgarten, who died unexpectedly over the weekend.
Baumgarten was the only lawyer on staff in the State’s Attorney’s office. The county board chair says the Menard County GOP will submit a name for a recommended replacement to the county board, which must approve the selection. That person will serve until the next general election in November of 2014, but must then run again to fill out the final two years of Baumgarten’s term.
Baumgarten passed away Friday night of natural causes at the age of 55. Funeral arrangements are pending.