Judge of the Circuit Court
William M. Horner
Occupation: Circuit Court Judge.
Occupational Background: District Court Judge, District Attorney, lawyer in Monmouth.
Educational Background: BS University of California at Davis; JD Willamette University College of Law. Attended National Judicial College.
Prior Governmental Experience: Mayor of Monmouth
Judge Horner was elected in May 1988, after having been appointed by then-Governor Goldschmidt in 1987 to serve Polk County as their fourth District Court Judge. Judge Horner was re-elected in 1994. In a contested race in 2000, Judge Horner was again re-elected.
In 1984, then-Governor Atiyeh appointed him as Polk County District Attorney and he was elected that year and served as Polk County District Attorney until appointed as a Polk County Judge.
Judge Horner has served the citizens of Polk County as chair of the Polk County Housing Authority and is a member of the Monmouth Library Board. Judge Horner is a life-time member of the Oregon District Attorneys Association.
Judge Horner served two years with the US Army including a one year in Vietnam. Judge Horner and Karen live in Monmouth. Their sons graduated from WOU & PSU and all live in Oregon. Their married daughter lives in Independence.
Judge Horner is the Polk County Drug Judge. Drug Court is a treatment court emphasizing treatment. Successful graduates have historically been able to resist using drugs and committing crimes. The participants are mandated to weekly treatment sessions, monitored urinalyses, must attend three AA/NA meetings per week, regularly see a probation officer and weekly see Judge Horner.
The 2005 Oregon Legislature have set aside grant money to assist drug courts and Polk County Drug Court will be applying later this year. Due to strong support from the Polk County Board of Commissioners, the District Attorney, Polk County Probation, Polk County Mental Health and the Department of Human Services, we have been able, since July 11, 2005, to have a drug court without grant monies.
(This information furnished by Committee to Re-Elect Judge Horner.)