The No. 2 attorney in the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office was appointed as a district judge Friday by Gov. James Risch. Lansing Haynes, Kootenai County’s chief deputy prosecutor, could assume the position immediately after being sworn in, Risch said. A date for that has not been set. Haynes was the governor’s pick of three finalists, including Magistrate Scott Wayman and Coeur d’Alene Attorney Ken Howard. The three were recommended to the governor by the Idaho Judicial Council, which interviewed nine applicants. “The Judicial Counsel makes it very easy for me if they give two that aren’t too qualified,” Risch said, adding that all three finalists ere “outstanding people” with “outstanding qualifications.”
Haynes shares his passion for public safety, Risch said. “I’m honored by this appointment and humbled by the responsibility,” Haynes said.
With Haynes’ appointment, there will six judges serving in the First Judicial District, which includes the five northern counties of Idaho — Taryn Brodwater.