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PARDONS OFFICIAL WILL RETURN TO COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

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Paul W. Boyden, who resigned from the Utah State Board of Pardons Tuesday, is returning to the Salt Lake County attorney's office, where he will act as a criminal justice systems coordinator.

Boyden was a prosecutor for the county attorney's office before he was appointed to the Board of Pardons in 1987 by Gov. Norm Bangerter, said County Attorney David E. Yocom.The County Commission had planned to add a criminal justice systems coordinator position to its administrative staff, but the position was eliminated during recent budget cuts planned for 1990. The attorney the commission would have hired would have performed other administrative functions such as lobbying, said Commission Staff Manager Kerry Steadman.

Administrative Assistant David Marshall said Yocom's decision to fill the position was made with the approval of the commission staff.

Boyden's work will respond to a recommendation made in a Jail Study Master Plan that was released earlier this year.

"I felt that it was important enough to the county" to go ahead and initiate the position, Yocom said, adding that Boyden will have other responsibilities and will fill only about 90 percent of the expectations the commission had when it wrote a job description for its criminal justice administrator, who will coordinate arrest, prosecution and sentencing efforts.