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Governor Brown appoints Andrew Combs to circuit court in Coos and Curry counties

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SALEM, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown announced on Nov. 2 that she will appoint Andrew E. Combs to the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, covering Coos and Curry Counties.

Combs will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard L. Barron. The appointment is effective immediately.

“Andrew Combs has earned a reputation for integrity and hard work,” Governor Brown said. “Raised in the local community, Mr. Combs will enrich the bench with a mild manner and a sharp intellect.”

Combs has been a civil lawyer in Coos County since 2004, focusing on business law, estates, real property, and litigation. He rose to partner at the firm Whitty, McDaniel, Bodkin & Combs. He attended college and law school at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2000 and 2004, respectively. Since 2015, Combs has served the Coos County Circuit Court as a pro tempore judge; before that, from 2005 to 2014, he was a municipal judge in Powers.

According to a news release from the Governor's office, Combs grew up in the town of Dora and his family has lived in Coos County since the 1870s. He maintains an active pro bono practice, serves on the Myrtle Point School Board, and is a member of the Coos County Local Alcohol Drug Planning Committee.

Governor Brown is also soliciting Interest Forms for a second vacancy on the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court, created by the retirement of Judge Paula M. Bechtold. She is reopening the application period to give members of the bar who were not made aware of an earlier vacancy announcement an opportunity to be considered for the position.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to:
Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor
900 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Applicants who have already submitted Interest Forms for either vacancy on the Fifteenth Judicial District Circuit Court need not apply again to be considered for the instant vacancy.

Governor Kate Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, the Governor's office said.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon, and a member of the Oregon State Bar. ORS 3.041 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or has a principal office in Coos or Curry County. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at (503) 378-6246 or via email: shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov.

The judicial interest form is also available online.

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