SALT LAKE CITY November 7, 2016 – Attorney General Sean Reyes released the following statement today:
“Given the caliber of lawyers within our ranks, the Utah Attorney General’s Office is honored but not surprised The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has chosen multiple Assistant AG’s as two of the five finalists for further consideration by the Governor. Both Assistant Attorney General & Special Prosecutions Section Director Janise Macanas and Assistant Attorney General & Torts Section Director Kent Holmberg have rendered distinguished service to the UAGO and the citizens of Utah for years.
“Either Director Macanas or Director Holmberg would be a fine choice for the bench to succeed Judge Maughan. We congratulate them both as well as their families on making it through such a competitive process and wish them both the best in their interviews with Governor Herbert.”
Written comments on nominees can be submitted to the 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Jack Wixom at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.