Occupation: Circuit Court Judge
Occupational Background: Private lawyer 1973 to 1979-Law Office of Sumner C. Rodriguez and successor partnerships; State of Oregon District Court Judge 1979 to 1990; Circuit Court Judge 1990 to present; Presiding Judge 22nd Judicial District 1990 to present
Educational Background: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science-Accounting -1970; Juris Doctor- Law 1973
Prior Governmental Experience: See occupational background
Community Service and Awards
President, Bean Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; Committee Memberships -- Deer Ridge Prison Advisory Board; HAABLA; Youth Sports Coach-Lions/Kiwanis Basketball; Past leadership Roles -- St. Patrick's Catholic Church-Parish Council, Building and Finance Committees; Lions Club of Madras-Past President (2); Central Oregon Boys and Girls Club-Madras Branch Advisory Council-Past President; Judicial Conference Executive Committee Public Service Awards -- 1990 Jefferson County Chamber Community Volunteer of the Year; 2000 Jefferson County Chamber Public Servant of the Year; Boys and Girls Club Golden Man Award; and, Gideon's Society Public Service Award
I have been privileged to serve as a judge in Crook and Jefferson Counties since 1979. I have served as your Presiding Judge since 1990 by appointment of the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. In this leadership role I have helped develop many important services including mediation (small claims, evictions, and domestic relations), drug court, peer court, work crew programs and guided two successful political efforts for new judgeships. As we fold in the significant caseload impact of Deer Ridge Correctional Facility and move into a period marked by a significant expansion of the computer services available to the public from the courts, my experience and leadership will be critical.
I believe judicial services must be fair, timely and governed by the law. I believe criminals must be held accountable for criminal behavior. Your vote for me will help assure my leadership and values will continue to serve you and our communities.
(This information furnished by Committee to Re-elect Judge George W. Neilson.)