Council appoints 3 to justice court nominating committee as Tubbs retires; application deadline is extended

With Grand County Justice Court Judge David Tubbs facing mandatory retirement upon his 70th birthday in a few months, the Grand County Council on Aug. 6 voted 5-0 to appoint Vice Chair Terry Morse and Members Mary McGann and Curtis Wells to a Justice Court Judge Nominating Commission.

The deadline for applications for the position has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Representatives from other agencies, such as Rhianna Medina of the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, also will serve on the commission.

Attorney Steve Stocks encouraged the council to consider the importance of the judge’s role. He said whoever is ultimately chosen will have to work with prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Justice court judges do not have to be licensed lawyers or even college graduates. They must be residents of the U.S. and Grand County or an adjacent county, and at least 25 years old. Information on how to apply can be found on the Utah State Courts website.

Tubbs, who was named to the bench in 2010, must step down in November.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The annual salary range for the position is $29,829 to $53,691 and may include benefits. For additional information, contact Renee Baker at (435) 259-1323 or by email at [email protected].