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Press Release: November 11, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber Announces Washington County Circuit Court Vacancy
Judge Price 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 Steven L. Price.  The Governor thanked Judge Price for his service to Washington County and said he will fill the position by appointment.  Judge Price’s retirement takes effect January 1, 2012.  
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 Friday, December 2, 2011. 
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: "[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://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/judicial.shtml  

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

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