A career prosecutor, Jay Scott was elected Macon County State’s Attorney in 2012. He began his career in prosecution as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Warren County, Illinois in 1987. In 1988 he began more than 24 years of service as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Macon County. At the time of his election he was serving as First Assistant State’s Attorney, a position he held for six years. He had previously served for 10 years as Lead Prosecutor in the Felony Drug Prosecution Unit.
As an Assistant State’s Attorney, Jay achieved a 91% conviction rate in his 134 felony jury trials. Since his first murder trial in 1989 he has handled 20 First Degree Murder Trials, including four death penalty cases. He became a member of the State of Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar upon its formation in 2002. As a drug prosecutor he obtained a 97% trial conviction rate against 94 felony drug offenders. He has been the recipient of numerous awards of recognition from the Illinois State Police for his efforts in prosecuting murder and drug cases. In 2012 he was appointed by the governor to serve on the Downstate Local Records Commission.
Jay was born in Decatur, was raised in Bethany, Illinois, and is a graduate of Bethany High School, the University of Illinois, and the University of Illinois College of Law. He resides in Decatur and is a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church.