Judge Karen Ostrye was sworn into office as the new Circuit Court Judge Aug.1 in Hood River Circuit Courtroom.
Ostrye is the first woman to serve on the bench from Hood River County. In June, Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Ostrye to fill the vacancy on the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial District created by the retirement of Judge Paul Crowley. The term expires at the end of 2014. The Seventh Judicial District encompasses Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler Counties. More than 50 friends and family attended the event. Judges John Olson, John Wolf, Karen Stauffer and Crowley all spoke and welcomed Ostrye to the bench, as did her former law partner Michael FitzSimmons. Ostrye worked at Jaques, Sharp, Sherrerd, FitzSimmons & Ostrye. Ostrye has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance from Portland State University and is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland. She has lived in Hood River since 1994 with her husband, Ted, and two sons.