QUINCY -- Judge Diane Lagoski has announced she plans to retire Dec. 2, 2018.
The chief judge in Illinois' 8th Judicial Circuit since Dec. 1, 2013, Lagoski said she made her announcement now to give time to people interested in her seat on the bench.
"I did it so my position would be on the ballot for the 2018 election," she said.
Lagoski was appointed as an associate judge for the district in 1999 and served through 2008, when she was elected as circuit judge in Brown County, and was retained in 2014.
She said she felt that it was time to retire and that she will have time to adjust to the change. She plans to remain as chief judge until her retirement.
As chief judge, Lagoski handles assigning cases where a substitute judge is requested. She also handles administrative duties for the circuit and represents the circuit at the state's regular meeting of chief judges.
The 8th Judicial Circuit comprises Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Mason, Menard, Pike and Schuyler counties.
The only candidate who has publicly announced his candidacy for Brown County's resident judge is Jerry Hooker, an associate judge in the 8th Judicial Circuit.