QUINCY -- Judge Mark Drummond has announced his plan to retire this summer after 20 years on the bench.
Drummond, an at-large circuit judge in the Eighth Circuit since 2004, will retire on Aug. 5. Prior to his election as a circuit judge, he had served as an associate judge since 1999.
Drummond, 62, said he is looking forward to passing the gavel on to someone else.
"This is a great place to work with great people to work with," Drummond said. "We have great judges throughout the Eighth Circuit. It's really been a pleasure."
Drummond has been the presiding judge in Adams County since 2015.
Judicial vacancies are filled by Illinois Supreme Court appointment. Applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.
Notice of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the circuit, and the application is on the Supreme Court's website, illinoiscourts.gov.
Deadline for applicants is June 7.
The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until Dec. 7, 2020, following the November 2020 general election.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a lawyer licensed to practice law in Illinois. The Eighth Judicial Circuit covers Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Mason, Pike and Schuyler counties.