First Female Chief Judge Elected to  Illinois Second Judicial Circuit

First Female Chief Judge Elected to Illinois Second Judicial Circuit

MT. VERNON – Circuit Judge Melissa A. Morgan has been elected Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Illinois for a two-year term that began Jan. 1, 2022.

Morgan was recently elected to the position by her fellow Circuit Judges and she succeeds the Honorable Thomas J. Tedeschi, Franklin County Resident Circuit Judge, who concluded his term as Chief Judge on December 31st.

The Second Judicial Circuit encompasses the 12 southern Illinois counties of Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White. The circuit is served by 15 Circuit Judges, 12 of whom are elected by their resident counties and 3 of whom are elected circuit-wide. The circuit is also served by an additional six appointed Associate Judges.

Morgan served as Circuit Judge since 2006 when she was elected circuit-wide to succeed the Honorable George W. Timberlake, Circuit Judge, and former Chief Judge, upon his retirement in December of 2006. At that time, Judge Morgan became the first female elected as a circuit-wide judge for the Second Judicial Circuit.

She is the first female to be elected Chief Judge for the circuit.