Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Fay Stetz-Waters to the Linn County Circuit Court. Ms. Stetz-Waters will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol R. Bispham Hashagen, who retired in June. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Fay Stetz-Waters brings the experience of a marine, a civil rights investigator, and an administrative law judge to the Linn County bench,” Governor Brown said. “She will be balanced, fair, and compassionate — and also tough — as a trial court judge. She is a good fit for the community she has called home for more than a decade.”
Ms. Stetz-Waters is a civil rights investigator at Oregon State University. Before that, she worked as a hearings officer at the Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. She earlier worked as an administrative law judge in the State's Office of Administrative Hearings, adjudicating cases for the Employment Department. She began her career at Legal Aid in Albany, representing indigent clients in civil cases.
Ms. Stetz-Waters is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School and Trinity College. Before college, Ms. Stetz-Waters served in the United States Marine Corps. An active member of the community, she has served as president of Linn-Benton Women Lawyers, vice president of the Linn-Benton Bar Association, and as a board member of the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence.