SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has named Cody Stewart as his new energy adviser.

Stewart, Lt. Gov. Greg Bell's chief of staff, will replace Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director Amanda Smith in the role. Smith will continue as the head of the department.

Herbert said the state will benefit "not only from Cody's keen understanding of related issues and stakeholder dynamics, but also from his sound judgment and balanced public policy approach."

Stewart has dealt with energy and natural resources policy for current and former members of  the state's congressional delegation, as the executive director of the Congressional Western Caucus, and as a private consultant.

He said his "singular focus each day will be to increase the development of energy in the state of Utah.

"I'm convinced Utah's energy sector has a bright future, and I look forward to working with the governor and the Office of Energy Development staff to bring about our shared goals of a vibrant, growing energy sector in the state."

Stewart is the nephew of current 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee Chris Stewart.