PENDLETON — Circuit Judge Christopher Brauer of Pendleton will become the next presiding judge for Oregon’s Sixth Judicial District, which encompasses Umatilla and Morrow counties. Brauer will begin a two-year term on Jan. 1 and serve in the role through December 2019.
Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer appointed Brauer to succeed Judge Dan Hill of Hermiston, who served in the role since January 2016, according to a written statement from the Sixth Judicial District. Balmer made the appointment based on the recommendation of his colleagues.
Hill was promoted to brigadier general in the National Guard Bureau in May 2016 and to assistant to the chief counsel of the National Guard Bureau, and now serves as an advisor to judge advocate general of the Army.
Brauer works out of the Umatilla County Courthouse in Pendleton but also hears cases in Heppner’s Morrow County Courthouse. He serves as the Sixth District’s chief civil judge and chief probate judge. He manages many of the probate, guardianship and mental health cases for both counties, and a full share of the criminal case load.
Brauer enjoys riding his motorcycle and shooting sports, and is involved with Pendleton Rotary Club. He participates in community events with his restored Model A Ford.
In his new role, Brauer will be responsible for determining the courtroom for major cases and making orders and local rules for court operations in the two counties. Brauer has more than three decades of legal experience as a civil practitioner, public defender, elected district attorney and circuit court judge.