It has been an honor to hold the position of Circuit Court Judge since 2009.
I have presided over a variety of caseloads including criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, stalking & restraining orders, landlord tenant disputes, and probate, which includes wills, trusts, guardianships, and conservatorships. My experience has shown me where our court system has had gaps. In 2015 I founded Jackson County’s Mental Health Court and I served as a Community Family Court Judge for 10 years. I currently manage a criminal docket and handle cases ranging from traffic violations to murders.
I have dedicated myself to ensuring that our courts help protect children and families. I believe that when the courts can guide people who suffer from mental illness and those struggling with substance use disorders, we are helping the entire community.
I have served on numerous non-profit boards and have spent countless hours as a volunteer in our community. I am proud to have been a leader on statewide committees working on behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice issues.
I created Jackson County’s Aid and Assist docket in 2019, in response to the increasing number of defendants who were not competent to stand trial in their criminal cases. I have worked to reduce the amount of time those with mental illness spend in custody and I have collaborated with community partners to find humane and appropriate responses for those struggling with behavioral health issues.
I am a native Oregonian and have lived in Jackson County since 1998. I understand the issues that are important to our County and will continue to work hard to promote access to justice. My experience will continue to deliver fair and equitable judicial proceedings and best practices in our court. I am a strong believer in the rights of crime victims and believe these can be honored while at the same time safeguarding the constitutional protections of defendants.
I would appreciate your vote and thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve Jackson County.