After nearly three decades working in the legal system in North Idaho, Brian Thie is calling it a career.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Benewah County Prosecuting Attorney for the past six years,” he said in a statement. “Thanks especially to the Benewah County Commissioners for their constant support and the Benewah County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work in keeping us a safer community.”

Thie was first appointed to be prosecuting attorney in Benewah County in the fall of 2015 and afterward ran and was elected to the same position.

Because prosecuting attorney is a political role, the Benewah County Republican Party will nominate Thie’s replacement. Because the prosecutor will be a county employee, the board of commissioners will make the ultimate hiring decision. According to Idaho state law, the party has 15 days to submit three nominations to the commissioners, and the board then have 15 days to make their final choice.

The effective date of Thie’s resignation is Dec. 1, so the party’s deadline is Dec. 15. The next county commissioners meeting is scheduled for Dec. 27, so the new prosecutor would likely be chosen very close to the new year and begin working in early 2022.

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