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New judge takes the bench

Thursday, January 17, 20131169 views

West Valley City has a new justice court judge.

On Dec. 18, Clint T. Gilmore was selected by West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle and appointed by the city council to fill the local judicial seat beginning this year.

West Valley City Assistant City Manager Paul Isaacson, who helped select nominees from the applicants for the position, said Gilmore was a front runner for the job due to his experience and years of service to the city.

“We would prefer someone who already knows West Valley City …, but we didn’t know if we’d have any applicants that would meet that criteria,” Isaacson said. “We were impressed that Clint could hit the ground running.”

Gilmore is the former West Valley City Assistant Chief Prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office and a long-time local resident. Based on his experience, he is familiar with local issues, the constituents of the city, police officers and city justice administrative policies.

As part of Gilmore’s new responsibilities, he will preside as the sitting judge in cases when residents have to appear at the West Valley City Justice Court to resolve misdemeanor charges, such as traffic violations.

Former judge Keith L. Stoney held the position for more than a decade. He served the city as the only judge after his appointment in 2001.

After Stoney announced he would step down from the bench last fall, the Utah State Courts Judicial Nominating Commission was charged with the responsibility to find qualified applicants for the position. Applications were accepted through Oct. 15.

During a meeting held Nov. 5, public comment was accepted regarding all applicants and the process at the Utah State Courts.

Afterward, four applicants were selected as the official nominees in the process to fill the judicial seat. Other nominees included Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge Sydney Magid, Holladay area attorney Janet Miller and Salt Lake City Deputy District Attorney Narda Baes-Nordell.

Each applicant and their qualifications was reviewed by a panel that included local city officials and underwent multiple interviews with West Valley City leaders before the final decision was made.

Before he can get started, Gilmore will receive training with the Utah Administrative Office of the Courts. He will begin hearing cases on Feb. 1.

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