Effective December 31, 2015, after more than 25 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Presiding Judge, Jamese L. Rhoades (Position 1), will retire.
Effective October 31, 2015, after more than 16 years on the bench, Marion County Circuit Court Judge, Dennis J. Graves (Position 7), will also retire.
Between September 8, 2015, and October 2, 2015, Governor Kate Brown will accept applications for appointment to the judicial positions vacated by Judge Rhoades and Judge Graves. To apply for appointment to these vacancies, candidates must:
1. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed Governor’s Interest Form to: Ben Souede, General Counsel Office of the Governor, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047
This form is available at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/Judicial-Appointments.aspx.
2. Complete and return by mail or hand delivery, a signed MCBA Judicial Selection Committee, Biographical Statement to: Marion County Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee, Attention: Noel Grefenson, 1415 Liberty Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302
This form is available at the MCBA website.
Note: The deadline for receipt of both forms is 5:00 p.m., October 2, 2015. Mailed forms are timely only if post-marked before the deadline and provided that a faxed or emailed copy is also received by the deadline as follows:
Governor’s Interest Form: Fax (503) 378-6827, E-mail: Jennifer.J.Andrew@oregon.gov
MCBA Biographical Statement: Fax (503) 375-4214, E-mail: Ngrefenson@aol.com
On October 27, 2015, the Judicial Selection Committee will interview candidates for recommendations to the Governor. Interviews will take place throughout the day on the Fifth Floor of the Marion County Courthouse, 555 Liberty Street NE., Salem, Oregon 97301. The Committee will provide interview times to candidates as soon as possible after receipt of all applications.
It is expected that additional investigation and interviews of candidates by the Governor’s Office will take place during November and December, that she will announce her appointments in December and that our new judges will be sworn and take the bench early January 2016.
For additional information, please contact Noel Grefenson at (503) 371-1700.