Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 local attorneys seek judge position

Magistrate Commission seeking public comment on applicants

Express Staff Writer

Judge R. Ted Israel will be retiring effective Dec. 31 after serving as Blaine County Magistrate Court judge for 10 years. Photo by Roland Lane

    Three attorneys in Blaine County have filed for appointment to the Blaine County Magistrate Court judge position, which will be vacated at the end of 2014 by Judge R. Ted Israel. The deadline for filing was Friday, July 18.
    The Fifth Judicial District Magistrate Commission announced in a news release issued Monday that the local applicants for the post are Bradley Chinn, Jennifer Haemmerle and Ned Williamson. All three are from Hailey.
    Five out-of-area attorneys also applied for the job. They are Samuel Beus, of Twin Falls, Mike Felton Jr., of Buhl, Randolph Neal, of Idaho Falls, Lary Sisson, of Middleton, and Jay Sturgell, of Coeur d’Alene.
    The annual salary for the new magistrate judge will be $112,000 plus state benefits.
    The Magistrate Commission will soon be meeting to review the applications, but is also seeking public comment regarding those who applied.
    Questionnaires for public comment may be obtained from the Trial Court Administrator’s Office at the Theron Ward Judicial Building at 427 Shoshone St. in Twin Falls, from the Blaine County Clerk’s Office at 201 Second Ave., Suite 106, in Hailey, or online at
    Comments should be returned to the Trial Court Administrator’s Office, P.O. Box 126, Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126, no later than Aug. 15.
    More information is available from the Trial Court Administrator’s Office at (208) 736-4085.
    Israel was appointed as Blaine County Magistrate Court judge in 2004. He announced his retirement in March to the Idaho Supreme Court. His retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.
Terry Smith:

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