Governor News & Media

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed two Utah attorneys to fill impending vacancies on the Third District Court.  Ryan M. Harris has been appointed to fill the vacancy which will be created when Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki retires on September 30.  Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills has been appointed to fill the vacancy which will be created when Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., retires on December 15. 

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that the Special Legislative Session to address redistricting will begin Monday, October 3. Based on past experience and legislative input, this session may take multiple days.

SALT LAKE CITY - Lt. Governor Greg Bell has selected Cody Stewart to serve as his new Chief of Staff, beginning September 6. Paul Neuenschwander recently retired after having served as his Chief of Staff for the past two years.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell will host the Sixth Annual Native American Summit on August 30-31 at the University Park Marriott in Salt Lake City. Attendees will discuss education, economic development, housing and healthcare, issues prevalent among Utah's Native Americans.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Bountiful resident Susan Devey to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. With her appointment, there are no remaining vacancies on the Commission, so efforts to identify a new executive director for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) are underway.

Salt Lake City, UTAH - eBay Inc. and the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced plans today to build a new state-of-the-art facility in Utah, currently proposed at a site in Draper

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on August 22, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on August 20, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Yesterday Governor Gary R. Herbert was notified of potential serious violations of state procurement law and the Governor's ethics policy in the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). Today Governor Herbert called for and received the immediate resignation of DABC executive director Dennis Kellen.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Sergeant Daniel D. Gurr.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on August 13, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary Herbert has issued the following statement on today's ruling in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on the lawsuit which was filed by Utah and 25 other states against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Governor Gary Herbert announced the launch of his blog. An extension of the Governor's existing website, the blog will serve as an avenue for Utah citizens to gain insight into the Governor's policy priorities.

Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement on the death of Sgt. Daniel Gurr of Vernal:

Salt Lake City - Just three and a half days before he was scheduled to depart for a secret tour of U.S. combat zones in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert learned he should bring something to give Utah soldiers he might meet-something meaningful. Traditionally, governors give "Governor's Coins" or custom crafted medallions to active, deployed troops.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011, in honor of Colleen Monson Bangerter. The flags shall be flown at half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on Aug 4th only.

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert today signed a letter requesting President Barack Obama issue a presidential disaster declaration for the State due to spring flooding damage. If approved by the President, Utah would become eligible for federal disaster assistance.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Corporal Raphael R. Arruda.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 30, 2011.

Salt Lake City - This afternoon Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed the following bills...

Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert named Richard J. Sperry, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) Commission. The five-member commission sets DABC policy, makes administrative rules, and issues and revokes licenses and permits, as well as governs staff activity and operations.

Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert named State Representative Julie Fisher executive director of the Department of Community and Culture (DCC). Now in her fourth term in the House, Fisher submitted her resignation to Speaker Rebecca Lockhart today and will immediately assume the reins of the agency. Michael Hansen, current DCC acting director, will resume his post as deputy director.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement in response to today's release of Utah's employment summary by the Department of Workforce Services:

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Lance Corporal Norberto Mendez Hernandez.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 21, 2011.

Salt Lake City - Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Claudia Nakano the new director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA). OEA, recently restructured due to budget reductions, includes the new Multicultural Commission, unveiled by the Governor on June 22.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two vacancies on the district court. The vacancies result from the retirement of Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki, effective October 1, 2011 and Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., effective December 16, 2011. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary Herbert has received notification regarding the deaths of two Utah soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary Herbert, Senate President Michael Waddoups, and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart signed a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in a ceremony at the State Capitol today.  The letter requests the timely review of the 1115 Waiver Request for Utah's Medicaid program, which was submitted on July 1, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has ordered the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah to be lowered in honor of Specialist Preston J. Suter.  The flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on July 19, 2011.

SALT LAKE CITY - Just after 2 p.m. today, Governor Gary R. Herbert issued a proclamation convening the Utah Legislature in a Special Session to address six legislative issues and confirm appointments. The session, to be held next Wednesday, July 20, at 2 p.m., is scheduled for a regular legislative interim day.

Good afternoon, I am Gary R. Herbert, Governor of this great State of Utah...

Salt Lake City - Having known the kudos were coming for weeks, Utah Governor Gary Herbert is excited to tell everyone that Fortune Magazine just listed Salt Lake City as one of the world's 15 "hottest" cities for business.

SALT LAKE CITY - In an effort to encourage fiscal responsibility and prudence at the federal level, Utah Governor Herbert has signed the Cut, Cap and Balance pledge. Three other governors joined Governor Herbert: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), and Gov. Sean Parnell (R-AK).

SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Utah Governor Gary Herbert received notification of the death of Specialist Preston J. Suter of Sandy, Utah.  Specialist Suter died on July 5, 2011, in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  According to an announcement released by the U.S. Army, Specialist Suter died of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle.

SALT LAKE CITY - The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for July 13 to review applications of individuals interested in filling judicial vacancies resulting from the pending retirement of Judge Glenn Iwasaki and Judge Joseph Fratto, Jr. The Commission will meet in room 330 of the Utah Senate Building.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that Ted Wilson, Senior Advisor on the Environment, will leave his post for a position in the private sector. However, Wilson will retain his role as chair of the Governor's Council on Balanced Resources, as well as his seat on the Governor's Energy Task Force.

SALT LAKE CITY - For the fourth straight year, Utah was ranked #1 for Economic Outlook in the ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index. The nationally recognized index is based on state economic policies and forecasts Utah's economic leadership. 

SALT LAKE CITY - Late this afternoon Governor Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order declaring a "State of Emergency" in Utah as a result of springtime flooding reaching its apex. The Governor's declaration opens the door for state resources to be deployed to local communities affected by the disaster.

Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced that, as part of the restructuring of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, he will convene a new Multicultural Commission with representatives from ethnic communities, state agencies and political entities to address issues like the educational achievement gap, healthcare disparities and joblessness among Utah's ethnic community.

Salt Lake City - According to a report released today by the Department of the Interior, Utah's economy benefits more than any other state from tourism and recreational activities on Interior-managed land.

Salt Lake City - Today Governor Gary R. Herbert named Shirlee Silversmith as the new director of the Division of Indian Affairs within the Utah Department of Community and Culture. Silversmith's appointment was the outcome of a thorough process of reviewing candidates with the Lieutenant Governor and several tribal representatives. 

SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today that EMC Corporation, a global information technology (IT) leader, will expand its global customer service operations by opening a new customer support center in Utah, adding 500 new jobs in the State by the end of 2015

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