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The Rock Island County board chairman has announced an interim state's attorney for the county, pending approval of the county board.

"I am very pleased to announce that I am forwarding the appointment of attorney Dora Villarreal as the interim state's attorney to the full board this month for consideration," chairman Richard Brunk said in a press release.

If her appointment is approved, Villarreal will replace Patricia Castro, who has been the acting state's attorney since John McGehee resigned to become a county judge in May. McGehee, elected to the state's attorney post in 2012, replaced Rock Island County Judge Lori Lefstein, who retired.

Villarreal has more than 10 years of legal experience in the civil and criminal courts, is president of the Rock Island County Bar Association, and has been its vice president, Brunk's release states. Her education includes graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

The interim state's attorney will serve until 2020, when the position comes up for election, according to the county.

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