Governor News & Media
Aug 15 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (August 15, 2014) ? Utah's economy is growing at its fastest rate so far in 2014, and the unemployment rate is holding steady, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services today. The state posted a strong job growth rate of 3.6 percent, adding 45,900 jobs over the past 12 months.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (August 7, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Kate A. Toomey to fill a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals.
SALT LAKE CITY ? The Third District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Terry L. Christiansen, effective October 1, 2014. The Third Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.
SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 5, 2014) ? Gov. Herbert is monitoring local incidents this morning in various parts of the state including the flooding of approximately 100 homes in Carbon County, flooding in Emery County and the landslide in North Salt Lake.
Utah leaders announce initiative to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, control prison costs
Aug 05 2014
SALT LAKE CITY (August 5, 2014) ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert, Sen. Pres. Wayne Niederhauser, House Speaker Becky Lockhart, Chief Justice Matthew Durrant and Attorney General Sean Reyes have charged the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) with developing a comprehensive set of data-driven recommendations to increase public safety, while limiting expected growth of the state's prison budget.
SALT LAKE CITY (August 4, 2014) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert has nominated Senator John Valentine as chair of the Utah Tax Commission.
SALT LAKE CITY (August 1, 2014) - Gov. Gary R. Hebert has appointed Angela F. Micklos as chair of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole. She has served as vice chair of the board for the past four years. She replaces outgoing chair Clark A. Harms.
SALT LAKE CITY (July, 31, 2014) - In accordance with Utah Code Annotated § 20A-14-105(1), Governor Gary R. Herbert has submitted the following names to the Lt. Governor?s Office for inclusion on the 2014 ballot as candidates for the State Board of Education.
OREM (July 30, 2014) -- Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order to strengthen communication between state agencies and Utah's eight sovereign tribes this morning at the 9th Annual Native American Summit, held at Utah Valley University.
SALT LAKE CITY - (July 29, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Val Hale as director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. Hale will assume his new role on Mon., Aug. 4, 2014.
Governor Gary Herbert calls on President to address unaccompanied minors crossing U.S.-Mexico border
Jul 22 2014
Salt Lake City (July 22, 2014) -- As the humanitarian crisis grows along the nation's southern border, Gov. Gary R. Herbert and five other governors expressed concern about the manner in which the Obama Administration is addressing the growing number of unaccompanied minors entering the United States.
Jul 22 2014
SALT LAKE CITY ? Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is taking steps to keep Utah at the forefront of voting accessibility and convenience, announcing today the formation of the iVote Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of state legislators and county clerks, as well as technology and security specialists, and will explore the possibility of expanding electronic voting to more voters throughout the state.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (July 18, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert released the following statement regarding the decision from the U.S. Supreme Court:
Jul 18 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - (July 18, 2014) Utah is tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in the nation, as the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent posting strong job growth numbers, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Services today.
Jul 17 2014
Governor Herbert takes actions to resolve divisive issues in education
SALT LAKE CITY ? (July 16, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Dr. Laura Nelson as director of the Office of Energy Development. Nelson has both public and private energy sector experience and previously served as energy advisor to former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Jul 16 2014
Utah identified as a symbol of economic growth that other states should use as a model
SALT LAKE CITY - (July 15, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement regarding the arrests of former Attorneys General Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow:
SALT LAKE CITY ? Three of Utah's top chefs put their talents to the test as they competed for a chance to represent the state in a national seafood cooking competition.
SALT LAKE CITY ? The Utah State Capitol Preservation Board (CPB) is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Movie Under the Stars film lineup. Each summer, the CPB teams up with the Utah Film Commission to screen free movie on the southwest Capitol lawn. This year, the CPB is seeking volunteers to help with event setup and breakdown.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah?s chief executive will play a prominent leadership role in a national organization.
Jul 02 2014
SALT LAKE CITY ? The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals. The vacancy results from the resignation of Judge Carolyn B. McHugh following her confirmation as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
July 3 is dedicated for Utah citizens to strengthen bonds with military veterans, those still serving
Salt Lake City ? (June 25, 2014) In response to the decision issued on the state's appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gov. Gary R. Herbert released the following statement:
SALT LAKE CITY ? (June 20, 2014) Utah continues to solidify its position as the home of the nation's strongest and most diverse economy, as unemployment dropped to its lowest level since Nov. 2008. The state unemployment rate is down to 3.6 percent, down from 3.8 percent last month, according to figures released by the Dept. of Workforce Services today.
Utah has more Top 10 economic rankings than any other state WASHINGTON, D.C. ? At today's U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit, Gov. Gary R. Herbert joined the Governor's Roundtable to discuss issues outlined in the Enterprising States 2014 report and why Utah is succeeding. In the annual report, Utah earned the most top 10 and top 25 rankings in the 33 categories measured in the study.
Thumbtack.com surveys small business owners to determine most friendly state SALT LAKE CITY - (June 10, 2014) For the second year in a row, Utah has emerged as the top state for business friendliness in the third annual Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey.
SALT LAKE CITY ? Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Brandon J. Maynard to the 1st District Court and Roger W. Griffin to the 4th District Court.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? (June 9, 2014) This morning, Governor Gary R. Herbert joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between members of the Western States Tourism Policy Council and U.S. Federal Agencies recognizing the economic importance of tourism on federal lands and waters.
Salt Lake City, UT ? The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for June 13 at noon to review applications of individuals interested in filling a judicial vacancy resulting from the resignation of Judge Carolyn B. McHugh following her confirmation as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Jun 05 2014
From Marty Carpenter, Communication Director & Spokesman: "The governor has worked closely with the attorney general in analyzing all options. With so many cases stemming from the same legal questions, it is important that clarity and finality are provided by the highest courts."
Eccles to be a founding principal in private investment company
May 27 2014
SALT LAKE CITY ? (May 27, 2014) Gov. Gary R. Herbert has named Justin Harding as his new chief of staff. Harding has served several members of Utah's congressional delegation including his most recent position as chief of staff to Rep. Jason Chaffetz for the past five years. He will assume his new role in the Governor's Office effective June 16.
Gov. 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 Mon., May 26, 2014, in honor of Memorial Day
SALT LAKE CITY ? The First District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the district court. The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Ben H. Hadfield, effective August 15, 2014. The First Judicial District includes Cache, Rich and Box Elder counties.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (May 16, 2014) Utah's economy continues to outpace the nation as more and more Utahns are finding jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent, and our economy grew at 2.9 percent.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (May 14, 2014) Gov. 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, May 15, 2014 in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (May 9, 2014) Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has issued the following statement about the situation in San Juan County with Recapture Canyon:
SALT LAKE CITY - Today, Gov. Gary R. Herbert appointed Paul Dame and Michael Leavitt to the 5th District Juvenile Court. The 5th District includes: Beaver, Iron and Washington Counties.
SALT LAKE CITY ? (May 5, 2014) Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has declared May 5-9, 2014, as Public Service Recognition Week in Utah. The declaration honors public employees in all levels of government, public education system, vocational training and higher education.