Judge sought for Hildale
ST. GEORGE - The Utah State Courts office announced Wednesday it is accepting applications for a Justice Court judge position in Hildale.

Senior Judge Richard Carr, who has served in Hildale for the past six years, will step down from the bench, creating a vacancy in the court on the Utah state line southeast of Hurricane.

"He's been there on a temporary basis, and they want a permanent judge," Utah State Courts Public Information Officer Nancy Volmer said.

The judge will serve on a part-time basis and receive an annual salary between $3,965 and $7,136, according to a news release Volmer issued Wednesday.

Justice courts have the authority to deal with class-B and class-C misdemeanors, ordinance violations, small claims and infractions allegedly committed within their local jurisdictions.

For an applicant to be considered for the judgeship, the candidate must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years and have a high school diploma or GED.

In addition, candidates must have been a resident of the county in which the court is located, or of an adjacent county, for at least six months, according to the news release.

The Washington County Nominating Commission is responsible for submitting three to five names to Hildale Mayor Phillip Barlow for consideration. The commission consists of representatives appointed from the Washington County Commission, Hildale city and the area bar association.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Hildale City Council and certification by the Utah Judicial Council, according to the news release.

The deadline for applications is March 21 at 5 p.m.

Applications are available on the state's court website, www.utcourts.gov, and should be sent to the attention of Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0241 or faxed to (801) 578-3843.

For information on the process, email shariv@email.utcourts.gov or call (801) 578-3844. For information on the job opening, contact R. Blake Hamilton, attorney for Hildale, at (801) 364-8300.
Originally published March 7, 2012