Polk County News 2A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • December 20, 2017 Caso appointed as judge in Polk County Circuit By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer DALLAS — A new judge is presiding over cases in Polk County Circuit. Gov. Kate Brown appoint- ed Judge Rafael Caso to fill the seat on Dec. 8, following former Judge Sally Avera’s re- tirement on Nov. 30. She had more than a year left before her term expired. Caso will run to fill the seat permanently in Novem- ber 2018, according to a gov- ernor’s office spokeswoman. Avera submitted her letter of resignation this summer. “I’ve had the pleasure of serving the citizens of this state for more than 35 years and have enjoyed nearly every minute of it,” Avera wrote in her July 6 resigna- tion letter to Brown and Ore- gon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer. “Still, at age 67, I’m ready to spend more time with fami- ly, travel, and get in as much hiking and riding as possible while my legs can still sup- port me.” Avera stated she’s had a rewarding career, but a busy one since taking the bench in Polk County in January 2013. As one of three circuit court judges in the county, she presided over one third of the criminal, family court, civil and juvenile cases. She issued most of the “My schedule precludes long lunches and prevents three-day weekends,” she said. “With the exception of out-of-town vacations and a head injury last March, I can’t remember a single week in the last 54 months when my sleep hasn’t been interrupted at least twice for a warrant.” Referring to colleagues Judge Monte Campbell and Judge Norm Hill, she said: “These duties cannot simply be absorbed by my two bench brothers.” Avera initially cited Dec. 31 as her last day, but changed it to Nov. 30 be- cause of an update to her Public Employee Retirement search warrants and heard all the adult traffic cases. Among her other duties was presiding over Polk County’s Drug Court. Drug Court is a treatment program that works with the court and its partners to offer those who commit drug-related crimes treat- ment and a chance to re- build their lives. If success- ful, participants’ charges are dismissed. Avera said she mentioned her work schedule to en- courage a swift appoint- ment of a temporary re- placement who is willing to take on the responsibility of Drug Court, and the hectic work week. System retirement benefits, according to a second letter sent to Brown and Balmer on Aug. 2. Caso is a hearings referee and judge pro tempore in Marion County Circuit Court. He’s worked as a trial at- torney for the Oregon De- partment of Justice from 2013 to 2016. From 2007 to 2013, he worked as prosecu- tor at the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office. He coaches the mock trial team at West Salem High School and mentors law stu- dents at Willamette Univer- sity Law School. Caso com- pleted law school at Florida Coastal School of Law. Protheroe announces retirement from Falls City By Jolene Guzman The Itemizer-Observer FA L L S C I T Y — D o m e n i c a Protheroe, the soon-to-be retired Falls City city clerk, left some parting advice for city leaders. Protheroe’s last day is Thursday. She’s worked for the city for nearly seven years and received a standing ovation for her service at the council meeting. “The one message I would give — and it’s not a new message by any stretch — is that we need to increase existing revenue and find new revenue because costs go up exponentially,” she said during T h u r s d a y ’s c o u n c i l m e e t i n g . “Without doing that, we will lose more services, and a good example of that, unfortunately, is the li- brary.” She said encouraging develop- ment could be one way of bringing in more revenue. “What we do know about Falls City, is that we are the most beauti- ful city in Polk County. We have a river. We have natural beauty. We have a really welcoming community. They’re strong and they’re support- ive,” she said. “I think over time, the word’s going to get out and we are going to see more (growth).” She added helping the federal government get a better count of the city’s population for the 2020 Census could increase resources sent to the city. Protheroe believes the official population number of 950 is low, by as much as 100. “If it were 1,050, over five years, we would get $30,000 more in the gas tax,” she said, citing one exam- ple of state or federal revenue sources that are distributed based on population. Cody DeCamp, the city’s new city clerk, will assist census workers with their surveys, she said. Ungricht and Protheroe ap- pealed to council members to en- courage people to participate in the count. “My only suggestion is the coun- cil create a PR plan to make it im- portant for citizens to respond to that census worker, because if there’s not an open door when that census worker gets there, they are not going be counted,” Protheroe said. Protheroe said she’s been grateful to work for Falls City and with the council for the final stop in her working life. “You love know I love you. I just can’t thank you enough for my seven years here. It’s just been an incredi- ble experience,” she said. “I’m glad this is my last job. It’s a perfect job to exit from because I really don’t want to go, and that is a good way to leave.” Oregon State Police warn drivers about using GPS itemizer-Observer staﬀ report SALEM — Oregon State Po- lice warns people to take care when using GPS units when traveling this winter. 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