Sangamon County Board Chairman Andy Van Meter announced the appointment of Joe Roesch to fill the soon-to-be vacant position of Circuit Clerk. The decision was approved by the Sangamon County Board during their Tuesday night meeting by a bipartisan unanimous vote.
Joe Roesch, a lifelong resident of Sangamon County, comes to this new role with an extensive history of public service. Having previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Roesch then went on to establish an illustrious career spanning over 23 years in the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure, he demonstrated his leadership skills in various capacities, including his role as Chief Deputy from 2014 to 2018, working under the guidance of former Sheriff Wes Barr.
"I’m extremely honored and thankful to continue serving the citizens of Sangamon County,” Roesch said, "Serving as a Circuit Clerk will be an extension of my prior career of dedication and commitment to our community. I am wholly committed to fulfilling the responsibilities of Circuit Clerk."
Roesch's graduated from Millikin University with degrees in History and Education and later earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, School of Law. Presently, Roesch serves as a Labor and Employment Law Attorney, representing a diverse range of private and public employers.
Chairman Andy Van Meter expressed his confidence in Roesch's appointment, highlighting the unique skill set he brings to the position. "Joe Roesch’s proven dedication to our community during his career in the Sheriff's Office, combined with his background as a lawyer and prosecutor, equip him with the expertise and leadership needed to manage the Circuit Clerk’s office effectively," Van Meter stated.
Roesch's official appointment to the role is set to take effect on October 1st, 2023.