SLC names new chief prosecutor

Published March 22, 2011 2:26 pm
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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker appointed a new chief prosecutor to replace former city prosecutor Sim Gill on Thursday.

Becker named Padma Veeru-Collings, a 13-year veteran prosecutor, as the city's new chief prosecutor.

Gill vacated the position after being voted in as Salt Lake County District Attorney in November.

"Padma Veeru-Collings is an extraordinarily well qualified and experienced attorney who has proven herself in years of service to the residents of Salt Lake City," Becker said in a news release. "We are lucky to have her in this important leadership position in our prosecutor's office, and look forward to continued excellence."

A six-person selection committee selected Veeru-Collings, including employees of the city, a justice court judge, a Utah Bar member and a Salt Lake City resident.

Veeru-Collings gained her experience in the city prosecutor's office. Over the past decade she focused on cases involving domestic violence and stalking. She will oversee 16 attorneys that make up the office.

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