By RODNEY D. BOAM
Todd Garbett, Franklin County’s Prosecuting Attorney, was selected over 12 other qualified applicants for the Bear Lake County Magistrate Judge position last Thursday. The position was vacated by Judge O. Lynn Brower, who retired.
Garbett said he went into the Bear Lake County Courtroom and stood before a 15 member Magistrates Commission and was interviewed. There were five others who were on the short list that were also interviewed.
Members of the commission included judges, attorneys, mayors, county commissioners and members of the public.
After being selected as judge on Thursday Garbett had to withdraw his name from the county attorney race as the republican candidate by Friday at 5 p.m.
Having his name removed form the ballot for being selected judge gave the local Central Republican Party committee 10 days to find another candidate.
Franklin County Judge Eric S. Hunn attended the process as a member of the public to watch the proceedings. He said in his mind Garbett was the best applicant for the job. He was happy the Franklin County attorney was named the judge for that county and looks forward to working with him.
Garbett said it is a great opportunity. Judge positions don’t come up that often. The 43 year-old said, “I know a lot of the well-qualified people that also applied for the position. Some were friends and attorneys I’ve worked with. It was a great honor to be selected.”
Garbett was elected as county attorney in ’05, said he will miss all the people in the court system, law enforcement and public he has worked with over the years.
He has worked in Bear Lake County and has made some friends in the Bear Lake County judicial system.
“It will be an adventure,” he said.
Judge Hunn said he was pulling for Garbett the whole time.
“He will make a great judge. He loves people and he has a good heart.
It’s good to see the system got it right,” Judge Hunn said.
The Franklin County Magistrate Judge said he looks forward to working with Garbett as a fellow judge in the Sixth District.
Jen Coburn, Garbett’s secretary/ legal assistant since he was elected Prosecuting Attorney, said him being named Bear Lake County Judge was very bittersweet for her.
“I’ve enjoyed working with him. It has been an amazing experience and I will miss working with him,” Coburn said. “The Garbett’s are amazing people and our community has been blessed to have them here. Bear Lake is very fortunate to have him as their next Judge.
She said she knows he will be a huge asset for Bear Lake County and will do an excellent job as Magistrate Judge.
Garbett’s wife Jenifer said she was very proud of her husband.
“He gives a lot of extra time to the community teaching in the high school and talking to classes,” Jennifer said. “He will make a difference in Bear Lake County.”
She went on to say the family loves Franklin County and this is the longest Todd has lived in one place in his whole life.
“We have recreated over in the Bear Lake area every summer, we enjoy it over there,” she said.
The Garbetts have six children that span the Preston School District from kindergarten through high school. Garbett children are: Kaytlynn, 17, Weston 15, Mason 13, Jaxon 10, Jordon, 8, and 5 year old Addison.
Garbett Graduated from Weber State University and University of Montana Law School before moving to Franklin County to raise the family.
The newly appointed Bear lake Magistrate Judge lived in Thatcher early on in his life. He even attended one year of school in Thatcher then the family moved where ever his father had orders.
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