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May 21, 2019

4/23/2019 2:49:00 PM
New Fifth District appellate justice assigned
Holscher named chief probation officer
A local probation officer has been promoted.

Stevi Holscher has been appointed to serve as chief probation officer of the First Division of the Second Circuit Probation Department, according to Chief Judge Tom Tedeschi. Holscher fills the vacancy created by the retirement of First Division Chief Probation Officer Sarah Wiser.

"CPO Holscher brings a great deal of experience to the position of Chief Probation Officer," Tedeschi said. "She has served as a probation officer in Crawford County for many years and additionally has served in several capacities within the probation department.

"She has effectively supervised all levels of probationers including adult, juvenile and those in our specialty court programs," he added. "We are fortunate to have someone available with the skills and knowledge of Stevi here in the Second Circuit."

The Second Judicial Circuit is geographically the largest judicial circuit in Illinois and is comprised of 12 counties.

The Probation Department is divided into three divisions.

Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash and White are in the first while Edwards, Jefferson, Richland and Wayne counties are in the second. The third contains Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin and Gallatin counties.

Circuit Judge Mark M. Boie of the First Judicial Circuit has been assigned as an Appellate Court Justice in the Fifth District.

The Fifth Judicial District is composed of 37 counties in the southernmost part of Illinois, including Crawford, Jasper and Lawrence.

Boie was assigned to fill the vacancy created by the election of Justice David K. Overstreet to the Fifth District Appellate Court. The assignment takes effect May 1.

"Judge Boie is an experienced jurist who has served the judicial branch with distinction for nearly 20 years. The high regard in which he is held by both the community at large and the bar are reflected in his continued retention in office and the exemplary judicial advisory poll ratings he received prior to his most recent election," Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier said.

"The Supreme Court has every confidence that he will carry out his new responsibilities on the appellate court with the same integrity, impartiality and diligence he has demonstrated as a circuit judge."

Boie was first elected to the bench in 2000 as resident circuit judge in Union County and was retained by voters in 2006, 2012 and 2018. Prior to serving on the bench, Boie practiced law at the Law Offices of Wesley L. Boie and Mark M. Boie and served as conflict public defender in Union, Johnson and Pulaski counties.

Boie earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mississippi in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 1996.

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