Utah AG Office Press Room

JUDGE EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR UEP BOARD APPLICATIONS

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013
Utah Third District Judge Denise Lindberg has extended the deadline for people wanting to apply to be on the United Effort Plan (UEP) Board of Trustees to September 30, 2013.  The UEP controls many of the homes, businesses and properties in the twin towns of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona.
Judge Lindberg received 13 applications by the original July 11 deadline and received four more applications after the deadline. “This extension allows the Court to accept the late applications and gives those who were not able to meet the initial deadline another opportunity to apply,” said Assistant Utah Attorney General Joni Jones. “The goal is to get as many qualified individuals as possible.”
Here are the minimum requirements to serve on the board:
• A demonstrated ability to act independently and in the best interest of the Trust. Trustees must also meet the general requirements of Utah law regarding trustees, which include:
• The ability to administer the trust expeditiously and in good faith;
• The ability to fulfill a duty of loyalty to the Trust, including the ability to administer the trust solely in the interests of the beneficiaries;
• The ability to act impartially and prudently; and if the trustee is appointed based upon special skills or expertise, the ability to use those qualities for the benefit of the Trust.
The Utah and Arizona Attorneys General asked for a special fiduciary to administer the UEP Trust in 2005 after the trustee put the trust assets in jeopardy by failing to defend against pending lawsuits. Last December the 10th Circuit Court ended years of legal disputes over the state’s control of the trust.
Applications to be considered for membership on the UEP Board of Trustees must be submitted by mail with a non-refundable $50 application fee. Applications should be addressed to: Judge Lindberg, Third District Court, 450 South State Street,  Salt Lake City, UT 84114.
The application form can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/16pG9Q4.  Additional information regarding the Judicial Review process and selection of Board members can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/1cQCE7X.  The application deadline is September 30, 2013. Applications post-marked after that date will not be considered by the Court and the deadline will not be re-extended.
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