Gem County emerges from Election Day with a new prosecutor

Erick Thomson.
Erick Thomson.

A 34-year-old attorney who has worked in the Gem County Prosecutor’s Office since 2013 was elected Tuesday to run the office for the next four years.

Erick Thomson, a Republican, ran unopposed. He was also unopposed in the primary.

Richard Linville, who has worked for the Gem County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy or elected prosecutor for about 28 years, opted not to run for re-election.

“He [Linville] is hoping to be my chief deputy, and I’d be honored to have him serve as such,” Thomson said. “He made it clear to me that he did not intend to run again and that if I wanted secure employment, I should ask the voters of Gem County for it. I hope to do as expertly and honestly as he has, and to make my county proud.”

The Gem County Prosecutor’s Office has seven employees, including three attorneys, one victim witness coordinator and three support staff. The 2017 budget for the office is about $550,000. The elected prosecutor’s salary is $90,000.

Thomson, a 2000 graduate of Emmett High School, earned a bachelor’s from the College of Idaho and his law degree from the University of Idaho. He was an intern in the Gem County Prosecutor’s Office in 2007 and admitted to the bar in 2008.

Thomson worked as a volunteer prosecutor in Gem County until he was offered a paid position with the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2009. He was happy to return to Gem County a few years ago.

“I enjoy working in a smaller community, with a strong emphasis on community, and the benefit I hope to provide it,” Thomson said “I am especially blessed that it is my hometown and I can see a positive impact on so many people that I know and care for.”

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller