Utah Senate requests public comment on judicial nominee

The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on attorney Spencer Walsh who was appointed by Gov. Gary R. Herbert as a judge for the 1st District Court.

Those who desire to comment should contact Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation committee staff, Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, by 5 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020, at the Utah State Capitol, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5210. All statements should include the respondent’s name, telephone number and mailing address.

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee plans to hold a public hearing, then issue a recommendation to the full Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, Walsh will fill the vacancy following the retirement of Judge Thomas Willmore.

“Spencer Walsh will be an exceptional addition to the First District Court,” said Gov. Herbert. He has distinguished himself as a knowledgeable, thoughtful attorney and his experience and skills will make him a welcome addition to the bench.”

Currently, Walsh serves as chief prosecutor for the Cache County Attorney’s Office. Within that same office, he served as a deputy county attorney from 2009 to 2015. Prior, he served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the West Valley City Attorney’s Office. Walsh was an adjunct professor at the University of Rockies in Colorado Springs and San Diego University from 2010 to 2018. He received a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark College of Law at Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.

“I am honored and humbled to be appointed by Gov. Herbert as a First District Court judge,” Walsh said. “If confirmed, I commit to serve my community and the State of Utah with integrity, fairness, and respect.”

The 1st Judicial District includes Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.