SALT LAKE CITY — After serving for 10 years as a member of Gov. Gary Herbert’s cabinet, Labor Commissioner Sherrie Hayashi has stepped down to accept a position as director of the University of Utah Office of Equal Opportunity. In her stead, Herbert has appointed Jaceson Maughan to serve as interim commissioner.
The labor commissioner oversees the agency responsible for assuring safety in Utah’s workplaces and fairness in employment and housing.
“I welcome the opportunity to serve the citizens of Utah and to strengthen the Commission’s role in ensuring the health and well-being of our state’s economy and its workforce.” Maughan said. “My goal is to ensure the Commission maintains the public’s trust and is fair, open, and transparent in its practices.”
Maughan moves into Hayashi’s position from his position as deputy commissioner and general counsel for the Labor Commission.
Hayashi previously served as director of the Antidiscrimination and Labor Division, and as associate general counsel for the Labor Commission in Utah.
“I am deeply grateful to Gov. Herbert for his support and providing me with this opportunity,” Hayashi said. “This is a bittersweet moment, as I will miss the many hardworking, dedicated and talented professionals of the commission and the State of Utah.”
“Sherrie has been an incredibly dedicated and valued member of my cabinet,” Herbert said. “I have appreciated her leadership and wish her well on this new endeavor.”
Maughan is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and is a member of the Utah State Bar. Prior to his appointment, Jaceson worked as legal counsel for the Department of Workforce Services and as an assistant attorney general with the Attorney General’s Office where he represented Utah in the recovery of Medicaid funds, condemnation actions and child support issues.
During his career Maughan also worked as an associate for the law firms Bostwick & Price PC and Olsen, Skoubye and Nelson LLC. His law practice focused primarily on construction litigation, workplace health and safety issues, and property matters. He began his career with the state as a youth counselor with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services prior to attending law school.
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