Ravell Call, Deseret News
President Barack Obama has nominated veteran prosecutor John W. Huber to become the next U.S. attorney for Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — President Barack Obama has nominated a veteran prosecutor to become the next U.S. attorney for Utah.

John W. Huber, an executive assistant U.S. attorney since 2012, would replace David Barlow, who resigned last summer. Huber now awaits Senate confirmation.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, called Huber a highly skilled prosecutor with extensive experience at the local and federal levels.

"He is well respected among the Utah law enforcement community as a strong leader and will bring continuity and stability to this critically important position," Hatch said in a statement. "I am committed to help ensure that John receives full consideration by the Senate and a fair and prompt confirmation.”

Huber, a former West Valley City prosecutor, started working with the U.S Attorney's Office in April 2002 as a special assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting firearms crimes as a part of the office's Project Safe Neighborhoods. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he successfully prosecuted four people involved with firearms used in the 2007 Trolley Square shootings. He also has prosecuted cases involving mink releases in Utah.

The Department of Justice honored him for superior service at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director's Awards Ceremony in 2010.

Huber began his legal career as a deputy Weber County attorney in 1995 after earning a law degree from the University of Utah. He received a bachelor's degree from the U. in 1989.

— Dennis Romboy