Jonathan Medema was named Friday to replace retired 4th District Judge Thomas Neville, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced.
Medema, 43, a Meridian resident, has served as a deputy Ada County prosecutor since 1997. He and his wife, Alexa Marie, have three children.
“I look forward to the challenges this new position will bring,” Medema said in a written statement. “I will never be able to fill the shoes of Judge Neville, whose retirement has created this vacancy. However, I promise to work hard to fulfill all of the duties of my new office. I thank the governor for his trust in appointing me.”
The 4th Judicial District includes Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley counties.
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Medema ran in the 2014 election to replace the retiring Judge Mike Wetherell. Sam Hoagland won that seat.
Medema earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana and a law degree from Seattle University. He came to Idaho to work as an engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1992 but later left to pursue a law career.
“The Idaho Judicial Council sent me a superb slate of candidates for this position. But Jonathan’s keen understanding of the changing dynamics of our judicial system was most impressive,” Otter said in a written statement. “His extensive trial experience and commitment to justice will make him a fine addition to the 4th District bench.”