Nominees announced for 3rd District Court vacancy

SALT LAKE CITY – The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Paul Maughan, effective December 1, 2016. The 3rd Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

The nominees for the vacancy are: Kent Holmberg, assistant attorney general, Utah Attorney General’s Office; Robert Lund, assistant U.S. attorney, United States Attorney’s Office; Janise Macanas, assistant attorney general, Utah Attorney General’s Office; R. Josh Player, unit chief/team leader, Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office; Kevin Simon, shareholder/partner, Strachan, Strachan & Simon, P.C.

Written comments can be submitted to the 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Jack Wixom 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 Nov. 15, 2016. The Nominating Commission may request further information or conduct an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments. After the public comment period, the names will be sent to Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Gov. Herbert’s appointee is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.