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Governor Kitzhaber announces Washington County Circuit Court vacancy

Judge Nachtigal to retire from Washington County bench
 
(Salem, OR) — Governor 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 Gayle A. Nachtigal.  The Governor thanked Judge Nachtigal for her service to Washington County and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Nachtigal’s retirement takes effect September 1, 2013. 
 
Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office. Because the form has been recently updated, all applicants must fill out a new judicial interest form.  Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms 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 Monday, May 6, 2013.   The form may be faxed or e-mailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date to be considered received as long as the original signed form is also postmarked by the closing date.
 
Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies based on merit.  He encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
 
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 (503-378-6246).  The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/judicial.aspx
 
 
Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324
 

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