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Press Release: October 14, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces Marion County Circuit Court vacancies

Judge Guimond and Judge Wilson to Retire from Marion County Bench 

(Salem, Or.) — Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for two judicial positions on the Marion County Circuit Court to fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge John B. Wilson, effective December 1, 2011 and Judge Joseph C. Guimond, effective January 1, 2012.
Anyone interested in filling the positions must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2011. Applicants who previously applied should submit a new Judicial Interest Form because the form has recently been updated.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.
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 states that in judicial districts with a population of under 500,000: "[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[.]"  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://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/judicial.shtml

Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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