Michael J. Tardy was appointed Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts on January 17, 2012, after serving as Acting Director since September 2011. Mr. Tardy has served in both clinical and administrative positions within the Illinois Judicial Branch for over 39 years. He initially worked for the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he served in various probation officer and administrative capacities. In 1988, he joined the Administrative Office’s Probation Services Division where he served as the supervisor of field services. He was promoted to Associate Director for the Probation Services Division in 1996. In 2002, Mr. Tardy was appointed Executive Assistant to the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
The Administrative Director serves as secretary to the Illinois Courts Commission as well as an ex officio member of the Illinois Judicial Conference, the Supreme Court Historical Preservation Commission, and the Illinois Judicial College. Additional memberships: Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council; Governor’s Commission of Criminal Justice & Sentencing Reform; Offender Risk and Needs Assessment (RANA) Task Force; Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition; the Illinois Juvenile Justice Leadership Council; the Advisory Board of the Illinois Center of Excellence; National Association of Social Workers; and Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).
Mr. Tardy earned a bachelor's degree from DePaul University and a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also served as a part-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago in the Criminal Justice Department. Mr. Tardy is married to Michele and has three adult sons.