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Nominees announced for Third District Court vacancy

SALT LAKE CITY – The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for the Judge vacancy on the Third District Court following the confirmation of Judge Amy Oliver to the Utah Court of Appeals. The Third District Court serves Summit, Salt Lake, and Tooele counties.

As written in Utah’s state law, a seven-person judicial nominating commission helps select candidates for judicial vacancies in each district. Each district has its own nominating commission, which consists of members appointed by the Governor to serve a four-year term. The Third District nominating commission is headed by Matt Osborne, an attorney from Draper.

The five nominees for the vacancy are Deborah Chandler, Partner/President, Anderson & Karrenberg; Darcy Goddard, Shareholder, Strong & Hanni, P.C.; Sandi Johnson, Chief Deputy/Deputy County Attorney, Utah County Attorney’s Office; Todd Olsen, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office; Charles Stormont, Director of Right of Way and Property Management, Utah Department of Transportation.

Following a 30-day public comment period, Governor Cox will appoint one of the nominees to serve on the Third District Court. A majority of the Utah State Senate must then confirm the Governor’s appointee.

Written comments can be submitted to the Third District Judicial Nominating Commission at judicialvacancies@utah.gov or Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330. The deadline for written comments is noon on May 29, 2023. After reviewing public comments, the Nominating Commission may request further information or investigate the nominees.

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