|Sgt. Steven Stream is the new precinct one judge.|
During the recent Emery County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Drew Sitterud announced the appointment of the new Precinct One Justice Court judge. Sitterud has decided, following a lengthy process, to appoint Steven L. Stream of Huntington.
Sitterud explained that he had received applications from 49 individuals. He began a process of interviewing every applicant. "They were all great people and the decision was very difficult," said Sitterud. "I was in the position to make the appointment, instead of just making the appointment, I began the full process to be able to make a completely informed decision."
On the Tuesday prior to the Dec. 21 meeting, all three commissioners met with the final 11 applicants. During this process the number of people left for consideration was trimmed to three.
The next step in the process of acquiring a new judge for the justice court will be for Stream to attend a training to be held in Salt Lake City. Following the training, Stream will come before the judicial council for testing. Stream must be approved and certified by the judicial council.
Stream is currently employed with the Emery County Sheriff's Office where he has worked for the past 22 years. During that time he has been a jailer, on patrol, jail supervisor, patrol sergeant, dispatch officer, Officer Friendly and an administrative sergeant.
Stream was born and raised in Seattle, Wash. Steve's sister set-up Steve and his wife Carol Ann on a blind date. Stream was working for Fisher Mills Lab and Carol Ann was working at Boeing at the time in Seattle. Carol Ann has two brothers in the Seattle area and was living with them. Stream took a job in Emery County doing coal analysis for the American Coal Company and the couple ended up staying in the county.
Stream began working at the sheriff's office and then went to the mines for a year and back to the sheriff's office where he has been since 1983. "I like living in a small community where everyone knows each other and we can really make a difference.
"My wife and I have 11 children and six grandchildren with two on the way. Five of our children are married. We live in Huntington. I am excited about this new appointment. It is more than I could have hoped for. I'm glad to be able to stay in a capacity where I can serve the people.
"I will be attending a week long training in Salt Lake and will also sit with Judge Betty Burns and other judges for observation and to get an idea of how it all works.
"I will begin my judge duties on Jan. 24 contingent on passing the review by the judicial council," said Stream.