Judge Owens, Ottumwa, was appointed to the bench in 1999. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1984. He served as Assistant Monroe County Attorney from 1984-1989 and Monroe County Attorney from 1990-1998. He was in private practice until his appointment. Judge Owens is Co-chair of the Advisory Committee, Iowa Supreme Court Children's Justice; is a member of the Children’s Justice State Council; and is chair of the Juvenile Judge Committee of the Iowa Judge’s Association. In 2008 Judge Owens received the Supreme Court of Iowa Court Innovation Award for initiating a Family Treatment Court in Wapello County. In 2013 Judge Owens received the Harold E. Hughes, Exceptional Rural Professional - Award of Excellence given annually by the National Rural Drug Abuse Network. Judge Owens is married with three children.