Judge of the Circuit Court
Locke A. Williams photo
Locke A.


Occupation: Circuit Court Judge, Benton County

Occupational Background: Circuit Court Judge, Benton County, 2002 to present; Private Law Practice in Corvallis, 1992-2002; Private Law Practice in Fort Worth, Texas, 1987-1991.

Educational Background: Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., 1987; University of Texas at Arlington, B.B.A., 1984.

Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Court Judge, 2002 to present; Presiding Judge, 2006 to present; Council on Court Procedures, 2005 to present. 98

Community Service: Past Board Member of Community Outreach, Inc.; Past Board Member of Open Door, Inc.; Past Board Member of Good Samaritan School; Past Board Member of Presbyterian Child Care Center; Past Board Member of Old Mill Center for Children and Families; Past Director of Linn-Benton Bank; Past Member of Corvallis Rotary Club; Committee Member of Corvallis Fall Festival; Past Nominee for Corvallis Junior First Citizen Award.

Judge Williams is dedicated to a fair, impartial and common sense approach to justice. He believes that each person appearing in court deserves professional and respectful treatment. Criminal defendants are held personally accountable. Appropriate punitive sanctions are imposed with opportunities for defendants to reform their criminal behavior. As Presiding Judge for the Benton County Circuit Court, Judge Williams is responsible for the administration and supervision of the court. He is working to assure equal access to the court for all persons and to improve the efficiencies of court operations. He believes it is essential to achieve timely disposition of cases for all users of the court. Judge Williams will continue to work hard to earn the public's pride and confidence in our community's judicial system.

(This information furnished by Williams for Judge Committee.)