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Press Release: February 6, 2012

Governor Kitzhaber  accepting applications for temporary appointment of Justice of the Peace for Harney County

(Salem, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications to fill the temporary vacancy of the Justice of the Peace position in Harney County. This appointment will fill the position until a Justice of the Peace is duly elected and takes office.  Candidates who have filed for election to fill the position of Justice of the Peace will not be considered for appointment.
ORS 51.240 provides that at the time of appointment, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of Oregon. ORS 51.240(2) further states that at the time of appointment, the candidate must “be a resident of or have a principle office in the justice of the peace district in which the justice court is located.” ORS 51.240(3) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.
Governor Kitzhaber fills vacancies based on merit.  He encourages applications from individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Applicants must submit a Judicial Interest Form to the Governor’s Office. The Interest Form is available online at http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/boards.shtml#judicial. Questions regarding the appointment process should be directed to Jennifer Andrew at (503) 378-6246.
The Interest Forms for Judicial Appointments must be received by the Governor’s Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2012. Interest forms should be mailed to: Liani Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047.

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

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