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The 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 5th District Court. 

This position was created by the Legislature during the 2017 Legislative Session.  The 5th Judicial District includes Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties.  

The nominees for the vacancy are: Matthew Bell, assistant attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jack Burns, attorney, Burns Law Office, Eric Gentry, deputy county attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Rachelle Shumway, deputy county attorney, Washington County Attorney’s Office, Jay Winward, attorney, Winward Law PLLC.

Written comments can be submitted to the 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Cindy Bulloch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330.  The deadline for written comments is noon Aug. 21, 2017. The Nominating Commission may request further information or conduct an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments.  After the public comment period, the names will be sent to Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Gov. Herbert’s appointee is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.