Jefferson, Crook County lawyers may apply for a Circuit Court judicial vacancy.

Gov. Kate Brown announced March 9 that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Jefferson/Crook County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams.

After thanking Williams for his dedicated judicial service, Brown announced she will fill the position by appointment. Williams' retirement takes effect July 1.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Benjamin Souede, General Counsel, Office of Gov. Kate Brown, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047.

Brown, who fills judicial vacancies based on merit, is encouraging applications from lawyers with a diverse background and a wide variety of 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 also requires that the vacancy be filled by an applicant who is a resident of, or has a principal office in Jefferson or Crook County. The duration of residency requirements is provided in ORS 3.041(5).

Forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely as long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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