HERMISTON — In January, Circuit Judge Dan Hill of Hermiston will be the new presiding judge of Oregon’s Sixth Judicial District.

The district encompasses the circuit courts of Umatilla and Morrow counties and has five judges. The district’s trial court administrator Roy Blaine made the announcement Thursday.

“Presiding judges serve as the administrative judge for a district,” Blaine explained in a written statement, “setting policies and procedures and determining, for example, what caseload judges will carry and where they are assigned. The presiding judge in each judicial district is chosen by Oregon’s Chief Justice, with input from all the judges in a district.”

The term is for two years. Judge Ron Pahl has been the district’s presiding judge since 2010. Blaine stated Pahl decided not to continue in the role.

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