2011 ORS § 183.610¹
Chief administrative law judge

(1) The Governor shall appoint a person to serve as chief administrative law judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings. The Governor shall consider recommendations by the Office of Administrative Hearings Oversight Committee in appointing a chief administrative law judge. The person appointed to serve as chief administrative law judge must be an active member of the Oregon State Bar. The chief administrative law judge has all the powers necessary and convenient to organize and manage the office. Subject to the State Personnel Relations Law, the chief administrative law judge shall employ all persons necessary for the administration of the office, prescribe the duties of those employees and fix their compensation. The chief administrative law judge shall serve for a term of four years. Notwithstanding ORS 236.140 (Term, removal, vacancy in appointive offices), the Governor may remove the chief administrative law judge only for cause.

(2) The chief administrative law judge shall employ administrative law judges. The chief administrative law judge shall ensure that administrative law judges employed for the office receive all training necessary to meet the standards required under the program created under ORS 183.680 (Standards and training program).

(3) The chief administrative law judge shall take all actions necessary to protect and ensure the independence of each administrative law judge assigned from the office. [1999 c.849 §4; 2003 c.75 §3; 2009 c.866 §1]