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Governor Huntsman announces new Corrections Executive Director

Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman asked Tom Patterson to head the Department of Corrections today. Scott Carver, currently Correction's Executive Director, has accepted the position of Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission within the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ).

Patterson has served as executive director of CCJJ since July. Retired Judge Bob Yeates will move from the Sentencing Commission to take Patterson's place as CCJJ executive director.

"I am confident in the skills and abilities of all of these public servants. Their individual willingness to serve the great State of Utah deserves our sincere gratitude," Governor Huntsman said. "Tom brings a wealth of understanding of the criminal justice system to this new position that will enable him to prepare our correctional system for the needs of the 21st Century."

Prior to his work with CCJJ, Patterson served as the Rush County Attorney in Kansas, as well as legal counsel and Chief Administrative Law Judge with the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Patterson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and earned his law degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Patterson and his wife, Reta, live with their five children in Alpine.

"I am humbled by the trust the Governor is showing in my abilities," Patterson said. "I truly look forward to this new challenge and working with the dedicated men and women at the Department of Corrections."

John Florez, a longtime community leader with a strong background in criminal justice, has agreed to serve as a consultant in the Department of Corrections transition.

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