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BLOOMINGTON — A veteran prosecutor will take over as McLean's County first assistant state's attorney when Adam Ghrist leaves the post this summer to become a federal prosecutor.

Brad Rigdon, a prosecutor with the office since 2012, will become first assistant, according to a statement Wednesday from State's Attorney Jason Chambers.

"Brad's leadership during his time in the office and experience has earned him the respect of his co-workers and will enable an effective transition into his new position," Chambers said in the announcement.

Rigdon currently handles major felony cases, including homicides and violent gun crimes. He has worked as part of a team of prosecutors assigned to the Kirk Zimmerman murder case.

The new first assistant is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law. 

The first assistant handles the more serious cases for the county and assists in the management of an office that includes 26 prosecutors who handle over 3,500 felony, misdemeanor and DUI cases annually in addition to more than 20,000 traffic cases. The office also represents the county in civil matters.

Contact Edith Brady-Lunny at (309) 820-3276. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_blunny

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McLean County Courts Reporter

McLean County courts reporter for The Pantagraph.

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