Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced the appointment of Don M. Torgerson as a judge on the 7th District Court on May 29.

“Don Torgerson’s dedication to the law and to the service of others will make him an excellent addition to the bench,” Herbert said.

The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee has requested public comment on Torgerson’s appointment.

Torgerson’s appointment will require confirmation by the Utah Senate.

Most recently, Torgerson has worked as a public defender for Moab, Blanding, Price and Grand, Carbon, Emery and San Juan counties at Torgerson Law Offices, a privately-contracted public defender law firm.

He was also a managing partner at Chiara & Torgerson, and president of Torgerson Law Offices. He received his J.D. from the University of Idaho School of Law.

“I appreciate Governor Herbert’s confidence in me to serve the people within the Seventh District,” Torgerson said. “If I am confirmed by the senate, I commit my best effort to apply the law impartially, independently, and with fidelity to the work of our elected representatives.”

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee will hold a public hearing and issue a recommendation to the Senate.

If confirmed, Torgerson will fill the vacancy left by Judge Lyle Anderson, who is retiring.

Members of the public wishing to submit comments can do so by writing to Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah State Capitol Campus, House Building. Howe’s address is Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5210.

Letter must be received by 5 p.m. June 13.

Letters should include the respondent’s name, telephone number, and mailing address.

Jeremy Humes, a prosecutor in the Carbon County Attorney’s Office was a finalist for the judicial appointment. Humes remains an unopposed candidate to replace Gene Strate as county attorney in this November’s general election.

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