SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber, who submitted his resignation last week, will be his own replacement — at least for a while.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber as interim U.S. attorney Wednesday under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. The law gives the attorney general authority to appoint an interim U.S. attorney for up to 120 days.
Huber tendered his resignation along with other presidential appointees on March 10 at Sessions' request.
Huber issued a statement thanking President Donald Trump and Sessions for letting him stay on the job.
"As a career prosecutor and public servant, this privilege to represent our nation is the pinnacle of my career. I am deeply committed to advancing the attorney general's priorities," he said, adding he was one of the first U.S. attorneys to launch a local anti-violence campaign.
President Barack Obama appointed Huber as U.S. attorney in February 2015. The Senate confirmed him in June and he took the oath office in August 2015.