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Moellmer wins award for improving court system

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Richard Moellmer (center), trial court adminstrator for Washington County Circuit Court, receives a distinguished service award May 13 during the Washington County Bar Association/Oregon Supreme Court dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Hillsboro. Making the presentation are Oregon Supreme Court Justice David Brewer and retired Washington County Judge Gayle Nachtigal.Richard E. Moellmer, trial court administrator for the Washington County Circuit Court, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts’ 2015 Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the organization.

The award is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and those who have supported the mission of the NCSC. It was presented to Moellmer May 13 during the Washington County Bar Association-Oregon Supreme Court dinner.

“Richard Moellmer’s commitment to the justice system and his vision for court improvement continues to make a positive difference in the state-court community. His demonstrated expertise and innovation has supported NCSC’s efforts to improve court systems across the country,” said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen. “Richard has played a key role in developing initiatives that strengthen court governance and make courts operate more efficiently.”

“I am surrounded by a strong and forward looking bench, engaged local bar, and we are all supported and served well by excellent court staff,” Moellmer said. “This award is something the entire Washington County justice system and legal community can be proud of.”

In recent years, Moellmer and the Washington County Circuit Court have worked closely with NCSC on high performance court initiatives that strengthen court governance and reengineer court operations. Redesigned criminal calendaring and case flow management systems were implemented this year. Moellmer has also contributed to the Oregon Judicial Department’s statewide Docket Management Initiative, another NCSC supported calendaring and case flow improvement effort.

In his light-hearted comments, Moellmer said his award was a perfect fit for the work he does for the court.

“‘Distinguished servant’ sounds like a butler, and the award is a silver platter. That’s perfect,” he joked. “Court administrators are like butlers. I work for the judges, run the courthouse, manage the budget and pay the bills, hire and supervise staff, and now I have this lovely silver platter that will hang on my office wall and can be used to serve dessert during the court holiday luncheon and other special occasions.”

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit court organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts.

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