The Senate proved Thursday it can indeed sometimes comply with calls for quick action. The body confirmed Randall Dean Anderson as the new U.S. marshal for Utah.

Approval came only seven hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended it. Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, had called for the final vote "as soon as possible."Anderson's nomination, made Feb. 11, took only two weeks to pass through the Senate, where President Clinton has often accused Hatch of moving slowly on his other judicial nominations.

Anderson, 50, of Taylorsville, is currently a captain in the Salt Lake County Sheriff's office but will resign that post.

Hatch said Anderson "is an outstanding law enforcement officer who will be a credit to the U.S. Marshal Service."

The U.S. Marshal Service is responsible for providing support and protection for the federal courts, apprehending federal fugitives, operating the Federal Witness Security program, maintaining custody of and transporting federal prisoners and responding to emergency crisis situations.

Anderson received a bachelor's degree in police science from Weber State University, a master's degree in public administration from Utah State University and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.