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Press Release: December 2, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces Polk County Circuit Court vacancy
Judge Avera to Retire from Polk County Circuit Court

(Salem, OR) —  Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for Polk County to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Fred E. Avera. The Governor thanked Judge Avera for his service to Polk County and said he will fill the position by appointment. Judge Avera’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 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2011.  Please note that the interest form has been recently 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 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or have a principal office in Polk County. 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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