SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's House speaker has appointed a Draper city councilman to the Utah Transit Authority board of trustees.

Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, this week named Troy Walker to the post.

Walker will fill a spot vacated by outgoing trustee Terry Diehl. Diehl's term expires in December 2012.

An attorney and a commercial pilot, Walker has served in city government since 2007.

The UTA board is a 15-member appointed body that sets policy and provides guidance for the transportation agency.

— Associated Press