Garfield County commissioners have appointed Than Cooper, an eight-year veteran of the Panguitch Police Department, as sheriff.

Cooper succeeds Robert Judd, who resigned Sept. 1.Cooper had challenged Judd for the Republican nomination, but in August, Judd announced he would be resigning to take employment elsewhere, and there was no primary election contest.

Cooper's name will appear alone on November's ballot for sheriff. The Garfield County Republican Central Committee submitted a list of names from which the county commission selected Cooper.