Ada prosecutor appointed to 4th District judge position

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.

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.”