Nov 08, 2016
Mar 11, 2016 - Mar 17, 2016
The Attorney General of Utah is a publicly elected executive position within the Utah state government. The attorney general is the chief law enforcement, legal officer and lawyer for Utah. The attorney general also serves as a member of the State Boards of Prison Commissioners, Insane Asylum Commissioners, and Reform School Commissioners, alongside a selection of other state executive officials including the governor, auditor and superintendent of education. The mission of the office of the attorney general is to uphold the constitutions of the United States and of the state, enforce the law, provide counsel to state agencies and public officials, assist law enforcement, and protect the interests of the state, its people, environment and resources. Specific duties of the attorney general include: Prosecute or defend all causes in which the state or a state agency is a party; Initiate legal proceedings on behalf of the state; Direct the process of executions on judgments; Account for state funds which comes into possession of the office; Keep a file on each case, civil or criminal, in which the attorney general is required to appear; Act as supervisor to district and county attorneys within the state; Give opinions on questions of law to state agencies, officers, boards, commissions and to county or district attorneys; Assist district or county attorneys when required by public service or by the governor; Purchase property in the name of the state offered under executions and enter partial or whole satisfactions of judgment as directed by the state board of examiners; If a judgment debtor’s property is under a prior encumbrance, the attorney general shall redeem the property; Pay costs necessary to the prosecution of any proceedings necessary to set aside fraudulent conveyances made by judgment debtors; Discharge the duties of a member of any official boards of which the attorney general is legally required to be a member; Prosecute corporations which act illegally; Investigate in order to recover property which should revert to the state; Administer the state children's justice center program; Assist the state constitutional defense council; Investigate and prosecute criminal violations of the Utah False Claims Act; Investigate and prosecute complaints of abuse, neglect or exploitation of patients at health care facilities that receive payments under the state Medicaid program. The salary for this position is $98,509/year.