Patti Tobias, longtime administrative director of Idahos court system, will be leaving at the end of August for a new position with the National Center for State Courts in Denver.
It is very emotional leaving Idaho, Tobias said Tuesday. I have been here more than 20 years in this position, and its been a real privilege.
Last year, the national center honored Tobias with the Warren E. Burger Award for Excellence in Court Administration. Now she will go to work at the centers court consulting center in Denver, the city where she earned her masters in judicial administration.
Theres a certain symmetry to it, she said. Ill work with all of the state courts, the chief justices, the court administrators, trial courts and all of the offices that interact with state courts.
In his letter nominating Tobias for the Burger Award, Idaho Chief Justice Roger Burdick called her an innovator, a ceaseless worker, a masterful administrator in Idaho and just as competent and important nationally."
In Idaho, Tobias oversees operation of the Idaho Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and district, magistrate and problem-solving courts throughout the state. The recruitment process to replace her starts this week, with July 28 set as the application deadline.