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Local judge selected as finalist for Idaho Supreme Court


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REXBURG — The State of Idaho Judicial Council has selected Seventh District Court Judge Gregory W. Moeller as a final candidate for an Idaho Supreme Court vacancy.

“It is an honor to be nominated as a finalist by the Idaho Judicial Council. They had an extremely deep pool of candidates who are qualified and experienced to choose from,” Moeller said.

The council interviewed 14 candidates consisting of seven judges and seven attorneys. A position in the Supreme Court became open when Warren Jones announced his resignation in October and officially resigned in December.

Moeller was interviewed for the position Monday morning and said it went well.

“The council asked exploring questions and gave me a chance to tell them a little bit about myself, my background and my history as a judge and as a lawyer,” Moeller said.

This is his second time interviewing for the position since July 2017.

“When the position came open again so quickly, I felt like since I’d already been through the process recently I might as well give it another try,” Moller said.

Moeller was selected along with three other contestants: Lawyer Christine M. Salmi, Second District Judge John R. Stegner and Third District Judge Susan E. Wiebe.

“I’m humbled to have once again earned their trust. I’m also deeply grateful for all the support. I’m thankful for the support I’ve received from the public and members of the Idaho State Bar,” Moller said. “I’m mindful that I did not make it this far alone, and I know that I will need even more help if I hope to make it any further.”

The four finalists will meet with Governor Butch Otter and an announcement is expected later this spring.