The Utah attorney general's chief deputy has been honored for his public service and behind-the-scenes work that has impacted the West.

The Conference of Western Attorneys General awarded Ray Hintze the 2008 Jim Jones Public Service Award earlier this month in Seattle.

Hintze, a 14-year veteran with the attorney general's office, has "quietly handled some of our most difficult assignments with diplomacy and skill," Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said in a news release Thursday.

Hintze's work has included fighting to keep nuclear waste from being stored on the Goshute Reservation and helping remove FLDS leader Warren Jeffs from a $200 million trust.