Utah Governor's Office
Curtis Garner has been nominated by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill a vacancy in the 3rd District Court.

SALT LAKE CITY — A member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has been nominated by the governor to fill an opening on the 3rd District Court bench.

Curtis L. Garner will replace Judge Sandra Peuler, whose retirement goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, pending confirmation by the Utah State Senate, according to a release issued by the Utah Governor's Office Wednesday. Gov. Gary Herbert said Garner's professional and educational accomplishments prepared him for the position.

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“I have been impressed by Curt’s demonstrated ability to make difficult decisions and by his analytical capacity," Herbert said. "Curt has all the experience, skills and potential necessary to be an excellent judge.”

Garner, who earned both his bachelor's and Juris Doctorate degrees from BYU, has been a member of the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole since 1992. He served as its chairman from 2007 to 2010.

Before being appointed to the board, Garner worked as a special assistant in the governor's office. He also worked in private practice and as a deputy district attorney in California.

The 3rd District Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.