Utah Governor's Office
Ron Gordon

SALT​ ​LAKE​ ​CITY​ — ​Gov.​ ​Gary​ ​Herbert​ ​has​​ ​appointed Ron​ ​Gordon, executive​ ​director​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Commission​ ​on​ ​Criminal​ ​and​ ​Juvenile​ ​Justice,​ ​as​ ​his​ ​general​ ​counsel.​ ​The appointment is effective​ ​Nov.​ ​25.

The general counsel, who serves​ ​as​ ​the​ ​legal adviser​ ​to​ ​the​ ​governor​ ​and​ ​his​ ​office, also ​advises​ ​the​ ​governor’s​ ​Cabinet,​ ​acts​ ​as legislative​ ​adviser​ ​and​ ​director​ ​for​ ​the​ ​administration,​ ​advises​ ​on​ ​all​ ​litigation​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Utah Attorney General’s​ ​Office,​ ​and​ ​advises​ ​the​ ​governor​ ​on​ ​judicial​ ​appointments.

“Ron​ ​Gordon​ ​is​ ​a​ ​capable​ ​and​ ​reliable​ ​individual​ ​who​ ​is​ ​extremely​ ​well​ ​regarded​ ​in​ ​the​ ​legal community,”​ ​Herbert said in a statement.​ ​“Not​ ​only​ ​has​ ​he​ ​consistently​ ​provided​ ​me​ ​with​ ​sound​ ​advice​ ​in appointing​ ​the​ ​most​ ​qualified​ ​individuals​ ​to​ ​Utah’s​ ​judicial​ ​branch,​ ​but​ ​he​ ​also​ ​has​ ​a demonstrated​ ​track​ ​record​ ​of​ ​understanding​ ​complex​ ​legislation​ ​and​ ​legislative​ ​processes.​ ​He​ ​has been​ ​a​ ​key​ ​adviser​ ​to​ ​me​ ​for​ ​many​ ​years,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​am​ ​thrilled​ ​that​ ​he​ ​has​ ​accepted​ ​this​ ​new​ ​role within​ ​my​ ​administration.”

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In addition to his role on the​ ​Commission​ ​on​ ​Criminal​ ​and​ ​Juvenile​ ​Justice,​ ​Gordon​ ​also currently​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​the governor’s​ ​senior​ ​staff​ ​and​ ​as​ ​criminal​ ​justice​ ​policy adviser. ​

Gordon received​ ​his​ ​bachelor​’s degree​ ​from​ ​Brigham​ ​Young​ ​University​ ​in​ ​1995​ ​and​ ​his​ ​Juris​ ​Doctor from​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Utah​ ​in​ ​1998.

He ​replaces​ ​Jacey​ ​Skinner, ​who​ will become​ ​deputy​ ​court​ ​administrator​ ​for the​ ​Utah​ ​Administrative​ ​Offices​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Courts.​