Acting District Attorney Jonathan Liberman has been tapped by the governor to serve as the chief prosecutor for the Midcoast.

Liberman, 32, will succeed Geoffrey Rushlau, who was confirmed last week as a Maine district court judge by the state Senate on a 34-0 vote.

Liberman has served as deputy district attorney for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties since Rushlau appointed him to the position in July 2016. From May 2011 until July 2016, Liberman served as assistant district attorney for the region.

He was named acting district attorney after Rushlau resigned following the confirmation vote.

Liberman said Monday, May 1, he was excited and honored to be appointed. He said he wants to continue Rushlau's great work, adding that his predecesor's were big shoes to fill.

Liberman resides in West Bath. He grew up Bath and graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Syracuse University. Liberman earned his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Liberman's was one of two names submitted by Midcoast Republicans to Gov. Paul LePage, who by law has the authority to name a successor when there is a vacancy for district attorney. The candidates must be of the same party as the person who held the post. Rushlau is a Republican.

Liberman is married with an 18-month-old son.

In a statement made to the region's Republicans last month, Liberman said his top priority was to do everything within his power to make sure the four counties continue to be a safe place to do business, raise kids and live life to the fullest.

In his free time, Liberman told party members, he likes to hike, walk the dog, go fishing, hunting and boating.

Rushlau has held the district attorney post since 1993 when he was appointed by Republican Gov. John McKernan. His term was set to expire in 2018. Liberman will serve until that election.