New names and faces are being announced through the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office as part of the new leadership team. With the down time created by the COVID-19 pandemic, State’s Attorney Tom Haine has been busy assembling a team he feels is capable of getting justice for residents of the county.

Among the names announced this week is a returning member of the office – Susan Jensen, who will be the newly-created Trial Advocacy Coordinator.

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Other projects during the slow-down in cases included the launch of a full-case tracking system, and office and policy modernization. Haine says the team is motivated and prepared for a very busy year in Madison County’s justice system, dedicated to pursuing vigorous and fair justice. You can see the list of who has been appointed to each position below.

Chad Loughery is now First Assistant. He was elevated to this position by State’s Attorney Haine, after having worked in the State’s Attorney’s office for the past 14 years. He has general duties over all attorneys in the office under State’s Attorney Haine.

Lauren Maricle is now Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit. She was elevated to this position by State’s Attorney Haine after having worked in the State’s Attorney’s office for the past 8 years. She directs the Violent Crimes Unit, organizing its trial work, and is also prosecuting many of the office’s most important upcoming trials.

Andrew Carruthers is the Chief of the Civil Division. He was brought on by State’s Attorney Haine after a distinguished career in private practice. He manages the office’s representation of county officials and offices as well as outside litigation and advice to the County Board.

Kathleen Nolan is Chief of the Juvenile Justice and Child Justice Division. She has worked in the office for the past 8 years. Kathleen leads a passionate and focused team to bring justice to child victims and survivors of sexual abuse, and to prosecute juvenile offenders.

Katie Warren is now Chief of the Criminal Division. She was elevated to this position by State’s Attorney Haine after having worked in the office for 11 years. Katie directs the assignment and management of the large number of felony cases prosecuted by Madison County – over 700 just since Dec. 1.

Trent Cameron is Chief of the Child Support Division. He has worked in the office for 5 years. He has continued working to ensure child support and paternity issues are promptly and energetically prosecuted by the state.

Sean Williams is Chief of the Traffic and Misdemeanor Division. He has worked in the office for 7 years and has been instrumental in innovations such as the ZOOM traffic dockets. Sean prosecutes felony cases as well.

Finally, State’s Attorney Haine has created two new positions in the office: Trial Advocacy Coordinator and Office Manager. Susan Jensen is the Trial Advocacy Coordinator. Susan is a long-time prosecutor who State’s Attorney Haine brought back to the office to help build up the trial skills in the office through mentorship and training of younger attorneys. Maria Maxwell is the new Office Manager and was a congressional aide for many years, also working in compliance work in private industry. She has focused on re-building and professionalizing the internal operations of the office.

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