Bill Atkins, the chief of the civil division for the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office, is resigning effective Sept. 11.
The announcement came Aug. 24 from the Office of State’s Attorney Jerry Brady.
Atkins is resigning to accept a position with Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C., a general practice law firm located in Peoria. He will also serve as an assistant public defender.
“(This) is a great opportunity for Bill and I support him wholeheartedly as he pursues a new direction in his career. I have enjoyed working with Bill and while I know he will be difficult to replace, I wish him the best at Johnson, Bunce & Noble,” said Brady.
Atkins began his career at Peoria County in January 2004. He has served as the chief of the civil division since May of that year.
During his tenure in the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office, Atkins managed litigation for Peoria County and provided advice on day-to-day aspects of county government.
He also assisted with the development of the compliance and collections programs in the Circuit Clerk’s Office, advised county officials regarding development of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, represented Peoria County when obtaining permission from the 10th Judicial Circuit Court to keep the American Mausoleum operational, and guided the county through recent reorganization of Workforce Development.
Prior to Peoria County, Atkins served as chief civil assistants state’s attorney in Tazewell County.
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