SALEM, Ore. -

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Wednesday the appointment of Randy Miller to fill the vacancy on the Deschutes County Circuit Court created by the retirement of Judge Barbara Haslinger.

Haslinger’s retirement was effective June 30, and Mr. Miller was elected in May to fill the position starting Jan. 1. The governor’s appointment allows Judge-elect Miller to begin immediately.
 
"Our circuit courts are an integral part of ensuring access to justice, and having judges that are ready, willing, and able to perform their duties is essential,"  Kitzhaber said. "Randy Miller is eager to begin his service to the people of Deschutes County and the State of Oregon, and I am pleased to help make that possible."
 
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Miller graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business management from Linfield College. He received his law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

Miller began private practice as a litigator for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, transferring to its Bend office in 2006. He later opened a solo practice focusing on civil litigation representing businesses and individuals in commercial, construction, and real estate matters before state and federal courts. 
 
Mr. Miller’s prior experience includes serving as a police officer in Sunriver, serving on the board for Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, and volunteering with Special Olympics.