Chief Judge Jorge L. Ortiz announced the appointment of two individuals to leadership positions in the 19th Judicial Circuit. Danny Davis has been named the Executive Director and James J. Edwards has been named Director of Juvenile Probation and Detention Services.
“Mr. Davis will continue the fine work of long-time Executive Director Robert Zastany and Mr. Edwards will be continuing the excellent work performed by Director of Juvenile became available when Mr. Zastany and Mr. Cesar took advantage of Lake County’s
Probation and Detention Services, Robert Cesar” said Chief Judge Ortiz. “The positions accelerated retirement option.”
Davis joins the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit from Colorado where he served as District Administrator for the 4th Judicial District in Colorado Springs and earlier for the 5th Judicial District in Eagle, Colorado.
Prior to this, Davis was the Chief of Staff/Court Technology Officer for the State of Florida – 2nd Judicial Circuit in Tallahassee. Prior to working for the courts, he was in private practice as an attorney, taught at the university level, and operated his own computer services business.
Davis has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi School of Engineering, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi.
Edwards currently serves as the Chief Managing Officer of the Juvenile Division for the McHenry County Department of Probation and Court Services, 22nd Judicial Circuit. Prior to working for McHenry County, Edwards was the Program Coordinator for the Social Service Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County before being promoted to Deputy Director for the agency.
Edwards holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminology from Northern Illinois University and is a licensed clinical professional counselor. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including; the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association and the Illinois Correctional Association.
“I look forward to working with Danny Davis and James Edwards, who are very talented and experienced court managers, in the administration of justice.” said Judge Ortiz. “With these two appointments, I am confident that the tradition of excellence and fine reputation of our Court will continue for many years into the future.”