SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has announced the possible replacements for two Davis County district judges set to retire later this year. 

The governor's office said in a press release Monday that Michael Edwards and David Williams have been appointed to become judges in Davis County's 2nd District Court.

Both appointments are subject to appointment by the Utah Senate. 

Michael Edwards is a Layton-based defense attorney who has an "extensive" background in criminal defense and family law, according to the press release. He previously served as a prosecutor with the Davis County Attorney's Office and is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

David Williams is a shareholder at Stoel Rives, LLP, a law firm in Salt Lake City. He has worked for the firm for 16 years, according to the press release. Williams has also clerked under Judge Dee Benson, the District Court Chief Judge for the District of Utah. Williams is also a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. 

The two are set to replace two outgoing judges Michael Allphin and Glen Dawson. Both Allphin and Dawson serve as judges at Farmington’s 2nd District Court.

Dawson submitted his notice to Herbert’s office on May 1. His final day on the bench is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2018, according to a previous press release.

It was announced earlier this year that Dawson was stepping down from the bench, as well as fellow 2nd District Court Judge Michael Allphin. Allphin’s last day on the bench is scheduled for Oct. 16.

Other candidates nominated but not selected for the openings included Brandon Poll, chief of the criminal division for the Davis County Attorney’s Office; Reuben Renstrom, a justice court judge for Harrisville, Riverdale, South Ogden, South Weber and Woods Cross justice courts; and J.C Ynchausti, a judge at the Davis County Justice Court.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl or email him at

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