Bethany Flint is new Bend judge

City Council replaces Brian Hemphill as municipal judge

By Hillary Borrud / The Bulletin

The Bend City Council voted Wednesday to hire a new municipal judge after interviewing six candidates. Bend lawyer Bethany Flint will replace Brian Hemphill, who served as municipal judge since 2008.

A committee that included three city councilors interviewed candidates and recommended Flint for the position. Flint will serve a two-year term starting June 1, as a part-time employee of the city, according to a city press release.

Flint has owned the practice Bend Family Law and Mediation since 2010, and she was previously a partner in Bend Family Law from 2005 to 2011, according to the city.

Flint graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in English and received her law degree from Whittier College School of Law in 2003.

City Councilor Victor Chudowsky was a member of the selection committee and said it got to know each of the judge candidates very well.

“Bethany Flint really stood out among these candidates because of her poise, her background, her knowledge of the law,” Chudowsky said. “And speaking to her, you got a very strong sense of her devotion to the city and just the idea of people being treated fairly when they come before the court.”

Chudowsky said the municipal judge has an important role, “because for many people in Bend, it’s often their only interaction with city government is through the court.”

Mayor Pro Tem Jodie Barram, also a member of the selection committee, said Hemphill did an “outstanding job” as municipal court judge.

“We had outstanding candidates to start with, and the three we called back really stood above the rest,” Barram said. She said the selection committee was very impressed with Flint’s grasp of court technology.

The committee also interviewed Hemphill for the position. Chudowsky and Barram both praised Hemphill on Wednesday night and said he did a good job as municipal judge.

The city will pay Flint $500 for each Tuesday and Thursday court session, according to a proposed employment agreement.

— Reporter: 541-617-7829, hborrud@bendbulletin.com