SALT LAKE CITY – Judge Denise Posse Lindberg of the Third Judicial District Court released a list of finalists seeking appointment to a Board of Trustees for the United Effort Plan Trust, according to a statement released by the office of Attorney General Sean Reyes Thursday.
The United Effort Plan was set up by officials of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as an umbrella for church assets and holdings. It controls many of the homes, businesses and properties in the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. Since Warren Jeffs, the leader and prophet of the FLDS church, fled the area when in the face of criminal charges about nine years ago, the Trust has been the subject of considerable legal wrangling over its oversight. In 2013, the Trust had a an estimated value of $110 million, according to a January 2013 report by Nate Carlisle, with the Salt Lake Tribune.
The application process for board of trustees was formed after the Court granted a joint motion brought by the Special Fiduciary, the Utah Attorney General’s Office, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the summer of 2013. The final Board of Trustees will be made up of five, seven or nine members pursuant to Judge Lindberg’s decision. She retains the discretion to deny the necessity for a Board, the attorney general’s statement said.
The Court has narrowed the candidate pool to the following individuals:
M. Jvar Dutson
Thomas A. Holm
The public is encouraged to comment on any or all of the individuals listed as potential Trustees by sending comments to:Judge Denise P. Lindberg
450 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84020
Comments will be accepted for seven days after official notice of the finalists is published. Upon conclusion of the comment period, the Court will arrange personal interviews in convenient locations around Utah and will announce next steps after candidates are evaluated.
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