Marion County once again has a full-time lead public defender after its last one resigned suddenly at the end of April.
Matt Chancey, formerly a Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney, has been hired to replace Tim Huyett, who suddenly resigned his position as lead Marion County Public Defender on April 22.
Chancey, who graduated from Murphysboro High School and ultimately in 1978 from Chicago-Kent College of Law, spent 23 years as a prosecutor for the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, before relocating to Fayette County in 2007.
While in Lake County Chancey served as chief of the criminal division, supervising 50 attorneys. He also prosecuted a number of high profile cases, including murder, sexual assault, corruption and gang crimes.
Chancey ran unsuccessfully in 2011 for Jackson County State’s Attorney and last year he launched an unsuccessful bid for Fayette County State’s Attorney when his then boss, Stephen Friedel, did not seek reelection.