County commissioners this week selected a law firm in San Juan County to run the Grand County attorney's office for the next four years.

Lyle Anderson, of Anderson & Anderson Professional Corp. in Monticello, will be officially appointed county attorney at the next regular commission meeting, said County Clerk Fran Town-send.Townsend said the decision to appoint Anderson as county attorney was made in an executive session Feb. 19 during a commission meeting.

"In essence, they haven't officially hired him, but that was the person they selected. He was the most qualified candidate. They discussed salary but will review and finalize that at the next meeting March 4," Townsend said.

Townsend said Anderson will be assisted by his father, Robert Anderson, a partner in the law firm. The commission decided the law firm should handle all the duties of the office rather than hire a part-time deputy county attorney to assist the part-time county attorney, she said.

Lyle Anderson served as deputy Grand County attorney under contract most of last year after William Schultz, the former deputy county attorney, was suspended by the Utah Bar for an ethics violation.

Commissioners temporarily retained Anderson as acting county attorney on a monthly contract Jan. 7 while the county advertised for applications for the job.

"We had about 17 applicants and they interviewed seven, mostly from the Wasatch Front," Townsend said. Normally an elective office, the county attorney position is being filled by appointment in accordance with a new state law that required the incumbent county attorney to run on a retention ballot in last fall's election, even though she was unopposed.

Elaine M. Coates was defeated by a preponderance of "no" votes, and the commission was obligated by law to fill the position.