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Governor appoints new Labor Commissioner

Salt Lake City - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman announced today he has nominated Sherrie Hayashi to head the State's Labor Commission.

Hayashi, upon confirmation of the Utah State Senate, will succeed Lee Ellertson as Labor Commissioner upon his retirement in mid-July. She currently works as director of the Commission's Anti-Discrimination & Labor Division.

"Sherrie has served the State well and has worked hard to ensure safety and fairness in the workplace for Utahns," Governor Huntsman said. "I am pleased she has accepted this challenge and look forward to her perspective in the cabinet."

Hayashi has been employed by the Labor Commission off and on for 15 years, working in various departments including working as an associate general counsel, a systems analyst and an investigator.

She received both her undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Utah and is licensed by the Utah State Bar.

"The Labor Commission does an excellent job of enforcing the law in a fair and impartial way, but another important aspect is ensuring that both employees and employers are educated about their rights and responsibilities," Hayashi said. "I am honored the Governor has chosen me for this great post and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities it presents."

Ellertson was appointed as commissioner in 1996.

"We appreciate the hard work and dedication Lee has given to the Labor Commission during his tenure," Huntsman said.

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