Juab County Commissioners appointed two Juab county justice court judges at a special commission meeting Friday.
Sharla Williams, deputy in the Nephi Precinct Juab County Justice Court, was appointed judge for east Juab County. Charles Blouch, who has been judge of the Eureka Precinct Juab County Justice Court, was appointed to the position for west Juab County.Judges of the county justice courts used to be elected by a vote of the people in a general election but the state legislature has now mandated that all justice court judges will be appointed by county commissions. The new law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 1991, but counties have until Feb. 1 to make the appointments.
County Commission Chairman Joseph Bernini said there were 19 applicants for the east Juab position and two for the west Juab position.
The field was narrowed to six, four from east Juab and two from west Juab, and the two judges were selected from the finalists.
Ike Lunt, Republican electee, was included in the selection process. The political makeup of the commission changed Jan. 2, when Lunt was sworn into office. The commission formerly consisted of two Democrats and one Republican. In 1991 it will have two Republicans and one Democrat.
Bernini, a Democrat, was re-elected to the commission, while Jim Garrett, the other Democrat, did not seek re-election.
"The commission had a rough time making the selection because we had so many good people apply," said Bernini.
Commissioners also voted to appoint the two justice court judges to take office on the first of January and serve the interim between Jan. 1 and Feb. 4, the date the appointees should begin their four-year terms of office by state law.