Two Deschutes County Circuit Court Judges are ending their careers on the Circuit Court Bench. An announcement from Court Administrator Ernie Mazarol states that Judge Michael C. Sullivan has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012 for the new term that begins January 2013. Sullivan became a Circuit Court Judge in 1988, and has been residing judge since 2003. Sullivan will continue as presiding judge until the end of the year, and will work as a trial judge through 2012.
Also, Circuit Court Judge Stephen N. Tiktin will retire at the end of 2011 after 23 years on the bench. Tiktin gained notoriety as he presided over a high profile child custody case involving Lysia Northon, the Bend woman who is serving a sentence for the murder of her husband, Chris Northon. In retirement, Tiktin will serve as a senior judge throughout the State of Oregon.