Two Salt Lake attorneys and a circuit court judge have been nominated to fill a 3rd District Court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John A. Rokich.
The nominees are D. Miles Holman, a partner with the Jones, Waldo, Halbrook & McDonough law firm; Ronald E. Nehring, a partner with the Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler law firm; and William A. Thorne Jr., a 3rd Circuit judge.This vacancy is one of six Leavitt must fill in the coming months. The others are:
- A vacancy on the 2nd District court bench. Finalists are Glen Dawson, assistant U.S. attorney; James Hasenyager, a private attorney; and Brian Namba, deputy Davis County attorney.
- Two vacancies on the 4th District Juvenile Court. The finalists are John C. Backlund, 4th Circuit Court judge; Fred D. Howard, a private attorney; Howard H. Maetani, a 4th District Court commissioner; Sterling B. Sainsburgy, a deputy Utah County attorney; Gary H. Wight, a private attorney; and Jeril B. Wilson, a juvenile court public defender.
- A vacancy on the 6th District Court bench created by the January retirement of Judge Don Tibbs. The state will announce that vacancy Thursday, March said. Applications will be received until Sept. 7
- A vacancy on the 4th District Court bench created by the death of 4th Circuit Judge Patrick E. McGuire. Even though McGuire was a circuit judge, the state is treating the position as a district position because it would soon be converted to that status anyway. The vacancy is being advertised through the end of the month.
People wishing to comment on the three 3rd District Court candidates should send a written statement to Commission Chairman Frank Suitter in care of the Administrative Office of the Courts, 230 S. 500 East, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Statements must be received by Sept. 1.
After reviewing the comments, the commission may request further investigation or interviews with any candidate. The commission may also remove a nominee from the list upon the vote of six members.
The names of the nominees emerging from the comment period will be sent to the governor, who will have 30 days to submit the name of his choice to the state Senate for confirmation by a majority vote.