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Morrow County Commissioners Vote to Remove County Judge Position

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HEPPNER, OR (AP) - Morrow County is eliminating the county judge position that serves as county administrator and presides over juvenile court.
    
Juvenile cases will be sent into circuit court and the county will hire a full-time administrator who will report to three part-time administrators. Currently there are two part-time commissioners and one full-time judge.
    
Officials say the county began looking for a new administrator in June. In September county commissioners voted to eliminate the position.
    
Current county judge Terry Tallman's term expires in 2017, at which point juvenile hearings will be sent to circuit court.
    
Commissioners say there are about 10 juvenile delinquency cases in the county annually, and about 60 dependency cases referred by the Department of Human Services.
    

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