CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Christian County State’s Attorney Wes Poggenpohl has formally announced his candidacy for election to the office of Christian County State’s Attorney. Poggenpohl is seeking election in the November, 2022 special election caused by State’s Attorney Mike Havera’s recent resignation.
Poggenpohl was brought into the office by Havera to get acclimated to the day- to-day operations and make for a smooth transition. He was appointed to the position of Christian County State’s Attorney, effective Jan. 1, 2022, at the Dec. 21 Chrisitan County Board meeting. He was sworn into the position at the Christian County Courthouse on Dec. 31, 2021 by Resident Circuit Judge Brad Paisley.
A graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Poggenpohl earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2014. Prior to law school, he attended Northern Illinois University in Dekalb where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science in 2011.
Prior to coming to the Christian County State’s Attorney’s office, Poggenpohl was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County from 2014-2021. There he handled a variety of issues ranging from traffic and DUI offenses up to the highest level felony prosecutions. During Poggenpohl’s tenure with Montgomery county, he dealt with many of the same issues facing Christian County today including drugs, theft, and domestic violence.
He is also experienced in child abuse and neglect law having been Regional Counsel for DCFS covering Christian, Montgomery, Shelby, and Macon Counties.
Poggenpohl is looking forward to continuing the work done by State’s Attorney Mike Havera, especially working alongside all law enforcement agencies in Christian county to reduce crime, hold offenders accountable and keep the citizens of Christian County safe.
A Raymond native, Poggenpohl is currently a resident of Morrisonville where he and his wife Melanie are raising two daughters, June, 4 and Cora, 1. They have called Morrisonville home since moving there in 2014.