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Governor Kitzhaber announces Washington County Circuit Court vacancy

​Judge Cobb to retire from Washington County bench
(Salem, OR) — Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Washington County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rita Batz Cobb. The Governor thanked Judge Cobb for her service to Washington County and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Cobb’s retirement takes effect February 28, 2014.
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the form to: Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on January 16, 2014. The form may be faxed or emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to be considered received as long as the original signed form is postmarked by the closing date.
Interested applicants who submitted a completed application in 2013 may rely on their earlier submission if they send a new cover letter that attests that the information in the previously submitted application is accurate and complete. The new cover letter and any updated information must be received by the deadline listed above.
ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041(2) further provides: “[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district.” Washington County has a population in excess of 500,000. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.
To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jen Andrew at 503-378-6246. The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/judicial.aspx.
Media Contact:
Ian Greenfield, 503-551-1495

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