Gov. names Sean Reyes as Utah Attorney General

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Gov. Gary Herbert has named Salt Lake City attorney Sean Reyes as Utah’s new Attorney General.

Hebert made the announcement Monday morning.

Reyes replaces John Swallow, who announced in November he was resigning after nearly 11 months in office, citing the toll of multiple investigations. He has denied wrongdoing.

Reyes lost to Swallow in last year’s primary race for attorney general.

He will serve as the state’s top law enforcement officer until a special election can be held in November 2014.

The announcement comes as Herbert and the attorney general’s office have been scrambling for days to halt same-sex marriages in the state.

A federal judge overturned Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday afternoon. The state is appealing the decision to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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