Judges will be retained in service

Judges will be retained in service


Robert Stevens

Managing editor



The judge retention results in Tuesday night’s election have Judge Ivo Peterson being retained in four Sanpete County Justice Courts and Judge Paul Lyman being retained as Sixth District Juvenile Court judge.

Peterson was running for retention in Gunnison, Manti, Moroni and Mt. Pleasant City courts.

For Gunnison City Justice Court retention, Peterson took 77.33 percent of the popular vote, for 6,065 votes to retain in total. In Manti, he took 77.07 percent of the yes votes, for a total of 6,016 votes to retain. In Moroni City, Peterson was retained with 76.40 percent of the popular vote, which made 5,879 votes for retention. Mt. Pleasant City retained Peterson as justice court judge with 76.67 percent of the votes, 6,032 popular votes to retain.

Since he began working as a justice court judge in Sanpete County in 2000, Peterson has served as justice court judge for Manti, Ephraim, Fairview, Fountain Green, Gunnison, Mt. Pleasant and Spring City.

Peterson announced he would be retiring from several of the cities earlier this year. Fairview, Fountain Green and Spring City are the most recent examples of Sanpete cities looking to fill the position Peterson left open when he decided to retire.

Judge Paul Lyman was voted to be retained as the Sixth District Juvenile Court Judge by a margin of 81.42 percent of the popular vote. In total, he received 17,942 votes to be retained in the counties that make up the Sixth District court system: Sanpete, Garfield, Piute, Kane, Sevier and Wayne counties.

Lyman earned a law degree from he University of Chicago Law School in 1979. He ran a private practice and also served as part-time Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney and Salina City Attorney.

Lyman was also elected mayor of Richfield from 1994 to 1998 and was on Richfield City Council from 1989 to 1994. In 2000, he was appointed Sixth District Juvenile Court Judge by Gov. Michael Leavitt.