FAYETTE COUNTY — Circuit Judge Michael D. McHaney, of Salem has been reelected Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a two-year term beginning July 1st.
The circuit is made up of nine counties; Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery, and Shelby.
The Chief Judge has general administrative authority over the courts within the Fourth Circuit. This administrative authority covers certain court personnel including probation officers, court reporters, and public defenders.
The Chief Judge administers the collection and expenditure of certain court related funds. He is also responsible for assigning the judges within the Fourth Circuit. The Chief Judge also represents the Fourth Circuit at the statewide Conference of Chief Judges.
The Office of the Chief Judge is located in the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia.