The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office announced the appointment Thursday of veteran prosecutor Philip Hiscock as the new chief of its criminal division.
In that role Hiscock, an assistant McHenry County state's attorney since 2007, will oversee all criminal matters handled by the office and act as the office's liaison to law enforcement agencies.
He replaces Nichole Owens, who held the position for four years before leaving Wednesday for a prosecutor's position downstate.
State's Attorney Louis Bianchi said several members of his staff were considered for the promotion, but Hiscock won out in "one of the toughest decisions I've had to make."
"He has a great deal of experience and he's already acquainted with most of the fire and police chiefs in the county," Bianchi said. "He's also well liked in the office and looked at as a mentor."
Hiscock joined the office as a felony prosecutor in 2007 after serving about six years as an assistant DuPage County state's attorney. Before that, he practiced civil law at a Chicago firm.
He said Thursday his primary responsibility as criminal division chief is to see that justice is done in McHenry County.
"Justice means holding people accountable for their actions, but also to make sure there is a just process and things are done the way they're supposed to be done," he said.
Besides his work as a prosecutor, Hiscock served 12 years in the U.S. Army Reserves as an infantry officer and attorney.
"That gave me a lot of experience managing people and serving as a leader," said Hiscock, who received his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.