Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has named Jennifer Yim executive director to manage the commission’s ongoing activities, including overseeing judges’ performance evaluations, budgets, contracts and plan development.
Under the commission chair’s direction, Yim will also administer daily work of JPEC and serve as primary liaison with the three branches of government.
“To attract someone of Jennifer’s caliber in this role is a significant accomplishment and will greatly benefit the commission,” said John P. Ashton, JPEC chairman. “She brings years of justice system experience and procedural knowledge to the position.”
Yim was most recently appointed to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole pro tempore by Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert. She also consulted with Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services and was appointed by Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman as a founding member of JPEC.
With 19 years of experience in Utah’s justice system, Yim is a published author and has received numerous awards and fellowships while earning a Ph.D. degree, which will be awarded in fall 2016 by University of Utah in Political Science, with emphases in public administration and political theory.
Established by the Utah State Legislature in 2008, JPEC collects and disseminates valid information about each judge’s performance so Utah voters may make informed decisions about retaining a judge in office.