Gunn graduates from Macoupin County Drug Court

Gunn graduates from Macoupin County Drug Court

CARLINVILLE (March 8, 2018) – The latest graduate of the Macoupin County Drug Court is Chris Gunn.

A graduation celebration took place Friday afternoon at the Macoupin County Courthouse main courtroom.

Drug Court Judge April Troemper, Probation Officer David Wickert and other team members commented on the achievement.

Gunn is currently employed as Dairy Manager at Country Market in Girard.

“We want less crime and less drugs – we want people like you to change,” Troemper said. “Since you made the change, you’ve gotten full-time employment. This is a day to celebrate you. You had a desire to change. To move forward, we have to admit our past mistakes.”

Gunn was appreciative of everybody who helped him along this journey.

“I’m thankful for everyone who’s given me a chance to better my life – I am very grateful,” Gunn said.

The Macoupin County Drug Court began in January, 2012. It gives people who openly admit to having a drug problem to become a client to better their life.

Screening checks are done to make sure the candidates have no violent background. It is usually up to a two-year program with four different phases.

Once they become a client, they must undergo at least two drug tests a week, sometimes more. Clients must meet with Wicker and have a mandatory curfew.

During Gunn’s time, Wicker noted, “He was very serious and dedicated in the recovery process. He did everything we asked of him and more.”

 Chris Gunn gives his graduation speech upon completion of the Macoupin County Drug Court Friday afternoon inside the courtroom at the county courthouse. He is shown with Probation Officer David Wickert and Drug Court Judge April Troemper.