Ken Deihl, Class of '82, Named Chief Judge for Illinois’ Seventh Judicial Circuit

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Ken Deihl, Class of '82, Named Chief Judge for Illinois’ Seventh Judicial Circuit

November 12, 2014


CARLINVILLE — Circuit Judge Ken Deihl of Macoupin County has been appointed the new Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit by a vote of the Seventh Circuit judges. The Circuit is comprised of Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Scott, Greene, and Jersey counties.

Deihl will be replacing Judge Leslie Graves, whose current term as Chief Judge is expiring. The appointment is effective December 1, 2014.

In announcing the appointment, Judge Graves said, “Ken Deihl has served ably as a judge of the Seventh Circuit. I am confident that as Chief Judge he will continue the tradition of integrity and excellence established by his predecessors.”

 “It is a tremendous honor to be named Chief Judge, and I thank my fellow Circuit Judges for giving me this opportunity,” Deihl said. “I would like to thank Judge Graves for her dedicated service to the office of Chief Judge. I look forward to working with her and all of the Seventh Judicial Circuit as I assume this role.”

Illinois is divided into 24 judicial circuits, each with a chief judge. Circuit judges in each circuit elect one of their members to serve as the Chief Judge in two-year terms.

As Chief Judge, Deihl will serve as the administrative head of the Seventh Judicial Circuit. His responsibilities will include supervising the personnel, financial, and case management duties of the circuit and seeing the business of the courts in each of the circuit’s counties is conducted efficiently and effectively. He will also serve on the Conference of Chief Circuit Judges, which meets regularly to discuss issues related to the administration of justice in the circuit courts and other matters referred to the Conference by the Supreme Court. Judge Deihl will continue to preside over cases in Macoupin County.

Ken Deihl was elected Resident Circuit Judge of Macoupin County in 2006. Prior to that, he was in the private practice for 24 years and also served as Assistant State’s Attorney in Macoupin County for 3 years. He graduated from Girard High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Blackburn College in 1978, and obtained his law degree from Southern Illinois University in 1982.