A reader calling him or herself “Publius” wrote the following in a comment under the article about appointed Judge Robert Wilbrandt’s Meet and Greet:
“Judge Caldwell announced his retirement yesterday.”
That would have been on Wednesday.
I contacted the McHenry County Court Administrator, who is out of the office, and received a call from Chief Judge Mike Sullivan.
Referring to my question about whether Judge Michael Caldwell was planning to retire and, if so, when, Sullivan replied,
“I have not received any official retirement letter from Judge Caldwell, so I have no information on that.”
While Judge Sullivan spoke precisely, members of the McHenry County Bar Association received an email today announcing Judge Caldwell’s retirement party at Boulder Ridge Country Club on November 4th.
Unknown is whether Judge Caldwell will resign in time for lawyers to run for his office next year or whether he will delay his leaving the bench so long that a two-year appointment of replacement will be made.
Judge Caldwell could not be reached for comment.
Judge Sullivan did inform me that Judge Caldwell has a countywide, rather than a district seat..