SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Kymber D. Housley to fill a vacancy on the 1st District Court bench. The seat was previously held by Judge Clint S. Judkins, who retired Feb. 1.

Since 1995, Housley has served the residents of Logan in many roles including city attorney, assistant city attorney and city prosecutor. Prior to his work in Utah, Housley was deputy district attorney and a law clerk in Contra Costa County, Calif., having earned his law degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU.

In addition to his professional work, Housley has served as Cache County Bar president and a community councilman of the Logan City School District. Recently, he was named by his peers as a top lawyer and presented with a 2011 Utah Legal Elite Award.