New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald is delegating responsibilities to his deputy while his nomination to the state Supreme Court is pending.
In a letter dated Thursday, MacDonald said it was in the best interest of the office and the people it serves to delegate temporarily his duties to Deputy Attorney General Jane Young.
MacDonald made the decision under a state law authorizing the deputy to act as attorney general under certain circumstances. The change took place immediately.
Gov. Chris Sununu nominated MacDonald on Wednesday to become the next chief justice of the court.
If confirmed by the Executive Council, MacDonald would move from being the state's top prosecutor to its top judge. He would succeed Chief Justice Bob Lynn, whose last day will be Aug. 23 as he nears the mandatory retirement age.