Judge of the Circuit Court
Occupation: Circuit Judge, 8th Judicial District, 2001 - present.
Occupational Background: Baker County District Attorney, 1992 - 2000; Baker County Deputy District Attorney, 1991 - 1992; Associate Attorney in law firm of Silven, Schmeits & Vaughan, 1989 - 1991; J.C. Penney Co. merchandise manager, 1984 - 1986.
Educational Background: Juris Doctorate, 1989, Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College; BS degree in Business Management and Finance, 1983, Brigham Young University; Associate Degree in Accounting, 1982, Ricks College; diploma, 1978, Baker High School.
Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Judge, 8th Judicial District, 2001 - present; Baker County District Attorney, 1992 - 2000; Baker County Deputy District Attorney, 1991 - 1992.
Personal: Married 22 years, 5 children. Actively involved in the Baker City Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in coaching YMCA youth basketball.
Awards: Chief Justice's Juvenile Court Champion, 2004; Citizen Review Board Blue Ribbon Award, 2004.
It is a great honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Baker County as circuit judge. The work always brings a new twist and challenge, for each case is unique. I have tried hard to be just and fair.
I have organized and streamlined the operations of the court to best meet the needs of the citizens. As judge, I have helped establish:
- a weekly juvenile court time for initial and short delinquency matters.
- an adult drug court to help addicts overcome their addictions.
- a consistent bail fee schedule to be applied in both Justice and Circuit courts.
- a release criteria system the jail uses to make release decisions when the jail is overcrowded.
- a new conditional release form and third-party release form.
- a mandated mediation program in dissolution cases involving children.
- a shortened court docket so that most trials and hearings are held within three months.
I appreciate your vote and support so that I can continue this important work.
(This information furnished by Greg Baxter.)