Current Presiding Judge Ronald W. Stone, before serving his community in a legal capacity, served in the United States Navy between 1965 and 1969. Upon completion of his military duties he began his higher education.
Judge Stone enrolled at the University of Akron where he received a B. A. in Education in 1971. Immediately after graduation he taught history and civics in the Cuyahoga Falls School District, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio between 1972 and 1974.
Upon completion of his teaching assignment Judge Stone pursued legal studies receiving his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Akron School of Law.
Judge Stone began his legal career in a local private practice and served as Yamhill County Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore from 1996 to 2000. In 2000 he ran for Yamhill Circuit Court Judge, was elected to position 2 on November 7th, began his current position on January 1, 2001, and has served in that capacity since.
Judge Stone previously served in the following organizations: Judge of the Yamhill County Peer Court (1994 to present; Board Director of the Oregon Legal Services (1984 to 1986); Attorney, Board Director and Chairperson of the Family Crisis Shelter and Services (Henderson House) from 1982 to present; Attorney, and Past Board Director of the Rainbow Family Services (1982 to present).