Metro-East News

Metro-east judge selected for Erikson Institute fellows program

A metro-east judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit has been selected as a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow.

Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson, who was elected as chief judge in December 2016 to the 20th Judicial Circuit, was selected for the Erikson Institute’s fellows program, according to a press release. Erikson Institute is an organization focused on early childhood development.

Gleeson was appointed as an associate judge in 2003 and elected as a circuit judge in 2012. The 20th Circuit consists of Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington and Petty counties. He has been a public defender and practiced law in St. Clair County for 18 years and taught litigation support at Southwestern Illinois College for 12 years.

Gleeson is one of 23 leaders throughout Illinois selected for the executive-level leadership program of the Early Childhood Leadership Academy.

According to the program’s site, its purpose is “to provide highly influential leaders from multiple sectors with a credible, up-to-date, and research-based understanding of child development” that will allow them to “make the most informed decisions about policy setting and resource allocation in their respective fields.”

Kaley Johnson: 618-239-2526, @KaleyJohnson6