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Gov. Gary Hebert reported for jury duty Tuesday morning in Provo's 4th District Court, but was dismissed by the judge.

Herbert was one of 35 potential jurors interviewed in connection with a case involving driving under the influence, according to a press release from the governor's office.

"It is important for all of us to step up and fulfill our responsibilities when called to serve," said Herbert in a written statement. "At the end of the day, I can tell you I feel good about our process, about jury selection and about the judges who serve on the bench. The process works very well in Utah and we have very good people who participate and perform their civic duty."

The governor's office said he was not given a reason for being excused.

Being dismissed as juror left the governor free to meet the remainder of his scheduled commitments, including a Tuesday evening departure for the Western Governors' Association meetings in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he and his counterparts plan to discuss a number of issues ranging from drought to transportation to energy, according to the press release.

Had he been called to serve, however, Herbert was prepared to adjust his plans, said Marty Carpenter, Herbert's deputy chief of staff.

"The governor said, 'They called me. You get called to jury duty, you go to jury duty,' " Carpenter said Saturday.