WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Judge Charles Weech will retire in the fall after more than 15 years on the bench.
Weech, who presides over Drug Court and Mental Health Court, will retire Sept. 1, according to a news release.
Weech first served as an associate judge in the 19th Judicial Circuit in March 2001 and was reappointed in 2003. He was elected as a circuit judge in November 2006 in the newly created 22nd Judicial Circuit.
As a judge, Weech presided over felony and misdemeanor cases, domestic violence, family law matters and traffic cases. He also helped create and lead the Drug Court and Mental Health Court programs.
Both the Drug Court and Mental Health Court programs are designed to identify people who suffer from addiction or mental illness and commit crimes.
Participants are diverted from the traditional criminal justice system and are provided access to residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and probation services.
Before he was appointed as a judge, Weech spent 22 years in the legal field as a probation officer, public defender investigator, law clerk for the state’s attorney and in private practice as a partner with Pollock, Meyers, Eicksteadt and Weech Ltd.
Judge Michael Feetterer will succeed Weech in presiding over the Drug Court and Mental Health Court programs. Feetterer previously served in the position when Drug Court was established in December 2011, but then left that assignment to hear felony jury cases.
“Over the past 10 years, Judge Weech has taken his passion for helping others, and married that virtue with commitment, empathy and a dash of humor to become one of the finest specialty court judges in the state of Illinois,” Feetterer said in a news release. “Judge Weech has rightly earned the admiration and respect of the program participants, team members, attorneys and judges alike.”
Feetterer will leave his felony assignment June 26 to work as a special assignment judge pending Weech’s retirement.
“I am honored to become a part of, and am looking forward to working with an outstanding group of dedicated men and women who make up McHenry County’s Drug Court and Mental Health Court programs,” Feetterer said.
As part of the transition, lawyer Tiffany Davis will be appointed as a circuit judge in the 22nd Judicial Circuit after Weech retires.
Davis is working as a prosecutor with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she began her career in 1994. She also teaches criminal law and criminal procedure at McHenry County College.
Davis previously served as an assistant state’s attorney in the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Illinois and her law degree at Southern Illinois University in 1994.
She will be sworn in Sept. 5 in Courtroom 204 of the McHenry County Courthouse.