Washington County Circuit Court Judge Gayle A. Nachtigal has announced she will retire on Sept. 1, 2013. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is accepting application to fill the vacancy.

Nachtigal was appointed to the court in 1991. She has since been elected and re-elected to four consecutive terms.

Before becoming a judge, Nachtigal attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, from 1971 to 1975, earning her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree. She then graduated from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland in 1978 with her Juris Doctor.

After that, Nachtigal worked as a law clerk for the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in the Non-Support Unit from 1976 to 1979, as deputy district attorney for the Juvenile Department in the Washington County District Attorney’s office from 1979 to 1983, as assistant attorney general for the Oregon Department of Justice, General Counsel Division, Family Law Section from 1983 to 1986, as regional manager of support enforcement for the division’s Portland office from 1986 to 1987, and as supervising attorney of the Collection Section of the Oregon Department of Justice from 1987 to 1988. From there she practiced law in Hillsboro from 1988 to 1991 before being appointed to the court.

Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an “Interest Form for Judicial Appointments” to the Governor’s Office. Because the form has been recently updated, all applicants must fill out a new judicial interest form. Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms to: Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013.

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