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Utah still missing a permanent federal prosecutor?

When will Utah get a permanent U.S. Attorney?

If you recall, Utah has been without an appointed federal prosecutor since the last one, Brett Tolman a Republican appointee, stepped down in January of 2010. At the time, Rep. Jim Matheson‘s choice for the job, David Schwendiman, had been rebuffed and rumors floated that a Republican–Scott Burns–would be appointed instead.

Carlie Christensen, right, seen with federal prosecutor Richard McKelvie, will be acting U.S. attorney for Utah. (Barton Glasser, Deseret News)

In the meantime, Carlie Christensen, one of Tolman’s deputies, was given responsibility for Utah’s U.S. Attorney office, and, last year, the President appoint her interim U.S. Attorney a 120 day period until a permanent appointment could be made. That was in July.

Eight months later, Utah still has Carlie Christensen. Without a doubt, there haven’t been any complaints about her work, and maybe President Obama is willing to let sleeping dogs lie. But it begs the question: why not put a permanent person in place to run the federal prosecutor’s office?