BLOOMINGTON — Eleventh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald will not seek retention when his term expires in 2018.

"I believe next year will be the right time for myself, my family and the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for me to retire," said Fitzgerald.

The chief judge explained his decision in a statement released Tuesday.

"By announcing my decision now, it will create a vacancy that can be filled by the voters in the 2018 election cycle," said Fitzgerald, whose term as judge and chief judge expires on Dec. 2, 2018.

Fitzgerald was appointed associate circuit judge in 2000, elected resident circuit judge in McLean County in 2006 and retained by voters in 2012. In 2014, he was elected chief judge of the circuit that includes McLean, Livingston, Logan, Woodford and Ford counties. He was re-elected to the chief judge post in 2016.

The circuit judges will elect a new chief judge when Fitzgerald's term ends.

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