“He had a motto. ‘Honored to Serve.’ And I think that fits him wonderfully,” said Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell. He was talking about Jerry Brady, the Peoria County State’s Attorney for the last 8 years before he passed away Thursday. “It wasn’t State’s Attorney Brady, it was Jerry,” said Asbell.
Leaders in the community have come together to reflect on the “pillar of the legal community.” State Senator Dave Koehler said, “The entire community has lost a truly dedicated public servant. Jerry put his whole heart and soul into everything he did. We will truly miss him.” Mayor Jim Ardis said, “Anybody touched by Jerry Brady was a better person because of that. We have to appreciate the number of years we were blessed to have him here and know him.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Deborah Shelby said Jerry was a “fabulous boss” and that “there was never anything Jerry would ask us to do that he wouldn’t do himself.” Brady had been on leave from his position while battling a personal health issue. Shelby said the State’s Attorneys office didn’t miss a beat, due in part to Brady’s leadership and ability to empower the office. “I always called him the gentleman’s gentleman because he was very honest and if he said it he meant it. If he promised it, it happened,” explained Shelby.
As for what’s next, the Peoria County Board will have to appoint a new State’s Attorney at the recommendation of the Democratic party, since Brady was elected as a Democrat.