NAMPA, Idaho — Southwestern Idaho officials are looking to hire a new public defender to replace Tera Harden, who has been selected to serve as a magistrate judge in Idaho’s 1st District court.

Harden was Canyon County’s first chief public defender after the county switched from hiring contractors to having an in-house public defender in 2013. She will remain in that position until the end of May. After that, Harden will head to Bonner County in northern Idaho to fill the vacancy left by Magistrate Judge Debra Heise.

Canyon County commissioners plan to appoint Krista Howard, the current deputy chief public defender, as interim chief public defender while they work to hire a permanent replacement for Harden.

The position pays $116,066 or more depending on experience.

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