Otter appoints Carnaroli to 6th Judicial District Court

December 5, 2017

POCATELLO, Idaho — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Rick Carnaroli to be David Nye’s successor on the 6th Judicial District Court.

Carnaroli was appointed as a magistrate judge in October 2004. Before that, he was in private practice with the Pocatello law firm Service Gasser & Kerl for nine years and worked as a Pocatello city attorney for almost 10 years.

He is also a former president of the Idaho State Bar Association, president of the Idaho Magistrate Judges Association and a member of the Idaho Pro Bono Commission and the Idaho Supreme Court’s Legislative Review Committee.

“I am truly humbled and blessed by the opportunity Governor Otter has given me with this appointment to serve our community as a district judge,” Carnaroli said in a news release announcing his appointment. “I have been proud and honored to serve as one of Idaho’s outstanding group of magistrate judges for the past 13 years and hope to take the experience and judicial education I’ve received from the Idaho Supreme Court and my peers and hit the ground running to meet the challenges of this new opportunity to serve our citizens.”

Carnaroli will replace Nye on the 6th Judicial District Court. In June, Nye was unanimously confirmed by the U.S Senate to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of Idaho. Nye was initially nominated for the judgeship by President Barack Obama in 2016, and then renominated by President Donald Trump this year.

“Judge Carnaroli has the sound judicial temperament, the diversity of legal experience and strong leadership skills that will serve him well as a district judge,” Otter said in a news release. “He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Judge Nye, but I’m confident in his commitment to tackling this new opportunity.”

A Connecticut native, Carnaroli received his bachelor’s degree from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, and his law degree from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. He has four adult children with his wife Drema.