Gov. Otter names Twin Falls County 5th District Judge

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BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter named the Twin Falls County chief civil deputy prosecutor to succeed a retiring 5th District Judge.

The governor’s office made the announcement Friday. According to a news release, Rosemary Emory will succeed Twin Falls-based 5th District Judge John K. Butler.

“I am encouraged by the level of talented Idahoans stepping up to continue working for the betterment of their communities,” Otter said in the news release. “As a former prosecutor, Judge Emory brings a wealth of courtroom experience to the bench.”

During his time in office, Otter has named 55 judges. The the press release, he expresses his confidence in Emory to “continue in the best traditions of the men and women appointed to the 5th Judicial District.”

“I look forward to serving the citizens of the 5th District as their newest district judge,” Emory said in the news release. “I am honored that Governor Otter has entrusted me with this responsibility and I am committed to uphold the laws of the state of Idaho.”

Emory has been a prosecutor in Twin Falls County since 2010. She has 13 years of experience within that office. Prior to that, she worked three years as a Deputy Attorney General for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office litigating Medicaid fraud cases, and served briefly as a Tribal Public Defender for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Emory received her BS in Finance from the University of Idaho in 1992 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 1995. She has one school-aged child.

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