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Farrell resigns from state’s attorney’s office

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 12:25 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Stephanie Klein was promoted to chief civil assistant in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office on Monday after the resignation of John Farrell.

Farrell said he resigned Friday because of health issues. He declined to comment further.

“It’s been a pleasure to serve the people of DeKalb County,” Farrell said.

State’s Attorney Clay Campbell said he thanked Farrell for his service to the county, noting that he has spent four decades practicing law.

Klein is one of the office’s top felony prosecutors, Campbell said.

“She’s been handling a lot of complex litigation here in the office,” Campbell said. “She is, in my opinion, a top-flight prosecutor and a top-flight litigator.”

As the chief civil assistant, Farrell represented the county and all of its departments in civil matters, such as the ongoing legal battle over the county’s landfill expansion and the search for a new county administrator.

Farrell also was the office’s point person for the State’s Attorney in the county’s drug court.

Campbell said he expected a smooth transition.

“As far as other litigation regarding the county, I have great confidence in Stephanie’s ability to get up to speed right away,” Campbell said. “It’s precisely why I selected her for the position. For a long time now, she has shown herself to be a successful attorney.”

Farrell was appointed the DeKalb County State’s Attorney in 2009, when Ron Matekaitis became a judge. He ran for the position in 2010, but lost the Democratic primary to Sarah Gallagher Chami, whom Campbell defeated in the general election.

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