Governor will fill Deschutes Co. Circuit Court judge vacancy following Forte retirement

Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she intends to fill the judicial vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Stephen Forte, who plans to step down February 29.

Brown thanked Judge Forte for his dedicated judicial service.

Last summer, there was a prior judicial vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court, for which candidates were interviewed and vetted by the Governor’s Office and the local bar association.

Brown will make an appointment for the current vacancy from the list of candidates who applied and were interviewed previously: Phillip Anderson, Alison Emerson, Alison Hohengarten, Karen Stanley, Owyhee Weikerl-Magden and Joel Wirtz

Comments on any of the candidates can be submitted by February 12, to Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, at (503) 378-6246, or

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or


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