Litchfield News

Blick takes oath of office for fourth and final time (01-11-19)


Litchfield Hills Probate District Judge Diane Blick, with help from her grandson, Garrett Oliver of Goshen, and her partner, Frank Pierzga, takes the oath of office Wednesday at Litchfield Town Hall. Blic, beginning her fourth term, was sworn in by Town Clerk Lisa Losee. BZ photo

Diane Blick raised her right hand and swore an oath to her position as Litchfield Hills Probate District judge for a final time on Wednesday.

Re-elected in November, Blick is beginning her fourth and last term heading a district that includes Litchfield, Morris, Warren and nine other Litchfield County towns.

The oath was administered at Town Hall by Town Clerk Lisa Losee.

As she was being sworn in, Blick held her hand on a bible held by her grandson, Garrett Oliver, 17, of Goshen. Garrett, then 5, also held a bible when his grandmother was sworn in for the first time, in 2007.

Under state law, Blick will have to retire as judge when her term expires in 2023 because she will turn 70 shortly after the election that year. The law requires judges to retire at the age of 70.

Blick, a Litchfield resident, was first elected in 2006 to head the Litchfield Probate District, which included Litchfield, Warren, Morris and Kent. The district became the Litchfield Hills Probate District in 2011 by adding Thomaston, Harwinton, Kent, Canaan, Falls Village, Cornwall, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon as part of a statewide consolidation of probate districts.

Blick is the only non-attorney probate judge in the state, which in 2011 enacted a law requiring probate judges to be attorneys. Her judgeship was grandfathered in under the new law, allowing her to continue to serve.

Saying she still enjoys the job after 12 years, Blick said she's most looking forward to continuing to support the rights of senior citizens and children.