As of Tuesday, January 20, 2015
GRANGEVILLE – Governor “Butch” Otter appointed Grangeville attorney Gregory FitzMaurice last week to the position of second district judge, effective immediately.
FitzMaurice succeeds District Judge Michael Griffin who retired at the beginning of this year. District judge annual salary is $124,000.
“I’m confident that Judge FitzMaurice will demonstrate the kind of professionalism that has come to exemplify those serving in our judicial branch of government,” stated Governor Otter in a prepared release. “I also want to extend my sincere thanks to Judge Griffin for his years of dedicated service to the people of Idaho’s Second Judicial District.”
Judge Griffin retired effective Jan. 6, having served in the position since his election in 2010. Prior to this he served 25 years, from 1982 to 2007, as magistrate judge in Grangeville, before which he served as county deputy prosecutor and in private practice.
FitzMaurice was one of three finalists submitted by the Idaho Judicial Council to the governor last month for consideration. Also nominated by the council were Grangeville attorney Joe Wright and Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Trever of Boise.
After graduating from the University of Idaho, College of Law, FitzMaurice has spent his entire legal career in the state beginning as a law clerk for former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Charles Donaldson. He has maintained his own law firm in Grangeville since 1980. He and his wife, Chris, a teacher at Grangeville Elementary-Middle School, have four grown children.