A committee appointed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert sifted through approximately 60 applications and identified 37 qualified individuals. The committee interviewed eight candidates this week. Nate McDonald, a spokesman for the governor, said, because the process was still underway, "we are not able to release any names."
The Salt Lake Tribune, however, has learned three of the eight finalists are: Kirk Torgensen, chief deputy attorney general and a former director of Adult Probation and Parole; Mike Haddon, acting director of the Utah Department of Corrections and a former deputy director; and, Steve Turley, division director of institutions for the Department of Corrections. They all declined to confirm the information or comment.
The committee will forward names of three candidates to Herbert, who hopes to make a selection in the next few weeks, McDonald said.