SALT LAKE CITY — Four state government leaders will be stepping down as Gov. Gary Herbert shakes up his cabinet prior to his first full term in office.
“The governor and senior staff have reviewed the entire governor’s office and Cabinet in an effort to ensure the governor’s priorities are met over the next four years in a way that serves that best interests of the state,” according to chief of staff Derek Miller.
- Public Safety Commissioner Lance Davenport, who will retire after 29 years when his term ends June 30, 2013.
- UDOT Executive Director John Njord, who plans to retire after a national search for his replacement is conducted. Njord was appointed in June 2001 and has served under four governors.
"It's not just a matter of who's doing a good job versus who's doing a bad job. Probably more often it's a matter of fresh eyes, fresh perspective, new leadership, new vision and making sure it's aligned with the governor's vision."
- Corrections Executive Director Tom Patterson, who will step down Jan. 4, 2013. Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. appointed Patterson in January 2007. Corrections deputy director Mike Haddon will serve as acting director while a national search is conducted for a new executive director.
- Insurance Commissioner Neal Gooch, who announced his retirement. Herbert appointed him in January 2010.