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Longtime prosecutor appointed to 3rd District Court bench

Paul B. Parker, who has worked for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office since 1989, has been appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench.
Paul B. Parker, who has worked for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office since 1989, has been appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench.
State of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — A longtime Salt Lake County prosecutor has been appointed to fill an upcoming vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench.

Paul B. Parker, who has worked in the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office since 1989, has been chosen by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill a post that will be left vacant by the Aug. 1 retirement of Judge Judith Atherton, according to the governor's office.

Parker began his career in 1978 as an officer with the Vernal Police Department. He later earned a law degree from the University of Utah and worked as a law clerk from 1986 to 1988 and a judicial clerk for the Utah Court of Appeals in 1988 before joining the district attorney's office in 1989. During his tenure there, he has prosecuted a variety of cases ranging from theft and assault to homicide.

“Paul possesses an immense understanding of Utah’s judicial system,” Herbert said. “He brings over 35 years of experience working within Utah law. The state judicial system will assuredly benefit from his comprehensive expertise.”

Parker's appointment, as are all other judicial appointments, is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.