Pending Nomination to N.H.'s High Court, Attorney General Delegates Duties

Jun 8, 2019

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, shown here during a news conference in 2018, was nominated to be the next chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Credit Britta Greene / NHPR

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald is handing over leadership of the Department of Justice, while his nomination to the state Supreme Court is pending. 


MacDonald says the move is in the best interest of the public.


In a letter Thursday, MacDonald told Deputy Attorney General Jane Young he is delegating his duties to her until his nomination to lead the state's highest court is resolved. 


That could take weeks, but MacDonald wrote that, "the press of events preludes the preparation of a formal transition memorandum."


According to his letter, MacDonald will be available to provide information about pending matters, and that his leave of absence will be credited against accrued vacation time.


Governor Sununu nominated MacDonald this week to succeed Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Lynn, who will hit the constitutionally mandated retirement age of 70,  in August.


MacDonald is 57, and has been AG for two years. READ his letter below: