Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Salt Lake County prosecutor Paul Parker to fill a judicial vacancy in 3rd District Court, which serves Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
Parker, who has worked for the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office for 24 years, was chosen from a pool of six attorney nominees to replace Judge Judith Atherton when she retires on Aug. 1.
"Paul possesses an immense understanding of Utah's judicial system," Herbert said in a statement. "He brings over 35 years of experience working within Utah law. The state judicial system will assuredly benefit from his comprehensive expertise."