Elgee sworn in as district 5th District
Seventeen attorneys and judges apply to
fill magistrate position
By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer
Former Magistrate Judge Robert Elgee was
sworn in Friday as Fifth District judge, taking his place on the bench Monday in
Fifth District Judge Robert J. Elgee,
53, is congratulated by family members following his swearing-in ceremony
Friday. From left to right are daughters Laura, 13; Kate, 18; Erin, 20; Molly,
6; son, Ted, 15; and wife Jayne Elgee. Express photo by Willy Cook
Elgee was appointed to the position by the
Idaho Judicial Council to fill a vacancy left by Judge James May, who retired
May 1. The term will extend until Jan. 1, 2007, meaning that Elgee’s position
will be up for a vote during the May 2006 Primary Election.
Seventeen attorneys and judges have
applied to fill the magistrate position vacated by Elgee. Two of those
candidates are Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas and county Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney Tim Graves.
The Fifth Judicial District Magistrates
Commission will winnow the list down during a meeting June 29, then interview
the remainder and choose a candidate on July 1. The commission has 18 members,
including a county commissioner from each of the district’s eight counties and
mayors from three towns.
Until a new magistrate is appointed, the
magistrate bench is being filled by Elgee and visiting Fifth District judges.