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Benjamin L. Goetten - State's Attorney, Jersey County

Ben was first elected State's Attorney of Jersey County in 2008. Prior to taking his post, Ben practiced civil law with his father Norbert at Goetten & Goetten, concentrating in family law, personal injury and workman's compensation.

Ben was legally trained at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, earning his degree in 2005. Prior to law school, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola University in Chicago where he majored in criminal justice.

Cindy Jackson - Chief Deputy

Cindy has been working at the State's Attorney's Office since September, 1997. She is a 1986 graduate of Jersey Community High School and 1990 graduate of Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies. Cindy worked in the legal profession for 7 years prior to going the State's Attorneys Office.

Cindy lives in Jerseyville with her husband Regan and their three children, Hannah, Christopher and Matthew.

Reba J. Gowin - Deputy

Reba has been employed by Jersey County since February 2005. She is a 1993 graduate of Jersey Community High School and has attended Lewis and Clark Community College. Reba began her legal profession in 2002.

Reba lives in Jerseyville with her husband Alan and their two dogs, Molly and Pippa.

Kevin J. Tellor – Assistant State’s Attorney, Jersey County

Kevin completed his undergraduate degree with an Associate of Applied Science from Southwestern Illinois College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. While attending law school he also worked as a 711 Law Clerk for the DeKalb County Public Defenders Office and for Prairie State Legal Services. In addition to this, he worked as an intern at the Showa Law Offices in Tokyo, Japan, during the summer of 1998.

Kevin has been employed by the Jersey County State’s Attorney’s Office since 2001 and prior to that he was employed by the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1999 to 2001. He is also the Ordinance Prosecutor for the Villages of Elsah and Fieldon, and the City of Grafton.

Frank Scoggins - State's Attorney Special Investigator

Frank has been employed with the Jersey County State's Attorney's Office since September of 2010. Frank is a lifelong resident of Jersey County. He spent three years in the U.S. Army from 1972-1975. Frank started his law enforcement career under the late Frank Yokum in 1977 and continued at the Jersey County Sheriff’s Department until 1980. Frank then moved to the City of Jerseyville as a patrol officer and continued at the Department serving in various capacities, including Investigator, for 30 years. Frank currently lives in Jerseyville with his wife Debbie and their son Mitch.