The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for the position being vacated by Judge Roger Dutson, who has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008.
The nominees include: Michael DiReda, Kaysville, litigation section chief for the Davis County Attorney’s Office; Robert Glen Wing, Centerville, shareholder in the law firm of Prince, Yeates and Geldzahler; Catherine S. Conklin, North Ogden, Second District Court Commissioner; Mark R. DeCaria, Ogden, Weber County attorney; and L. Dean Saunders, West Haven, deputy Weber County.
A 10-day public comment period will be held before the names are submitted to Gov. Jon M. Huntsman.
Second District Nominating Commission Chair Robert Stott is accepting written comments regarding the nominees at the Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2008.
The commission may request further interviews or an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments.
After the public comment period, the names will be sent to the Governor who has 30 days to select a candidate. The Governor’s nominee is then forwarded to the Senate Confirmation Committee, which reviews the nominee’s qualifications and conducts a public hearing and interview session.
The Senate Confirmation Committee will forward the final nominee to the Utah State Senate, which has 60 days from the Governor’s nomination to confirm the nominee.
The Second Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.