Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter made the announcement Tuesday during a trip to Coeur D'Alene.
Jones will complete the remainder of Schroeder's term, which ends January 2009. He will be up for election in May 2008. The position of chief justice will be selected by the five sitting justices. Jones takes the position just in time to enjoy a pay raise for Supreme Court justices (from $110,500 to $114,900), which goes into effect on July 1.
Jones has worked for Eberle, Berlin, Kading, Turnbow, McKlveen and Jones in Boise since 1970, and is an alumnus of Albertson College of Idaho and the University of Chicago Law School.
"Justice Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Idaho's highest court," Otter said. "His colleagues in the Idaho Bar agree that he is balanced, fair and impartial, and that his temperament will fit well in a collegial setting with the other justices."