"What I know of her professionally, she has always done a good job," said Niemann, a former Effingham police officer. "But I'm not aware of the other side of the coin. Obviously, a judge's concerns might be different than mine."
Thompson's contract expires June 30. Koester said Monday that no replacement had been named, nor could it be until the other circuit judges agree to her decision.
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