Ahlberg succeeds Kurmay as judge of ‘people’s court’

F. Paul “Skip” Kurmay, Stratford’s judge of probate since 1978, administered the oath of office to his successor, Kurt Ahlberg, Monday night in council chambers at town hall.

Kurmay said it was a great honor to swear in Ahlberg, because “there couldn’t be a better person for the job.” He said Ahlberg was well qualified not only by the law but by “the spirit” that makes a good judge of probate — “fairness, objectivity, high moral and ethical standards, and compassion for the people.”

Ahlberg started his first remarks as probate judge by thanking Kurmay for his 40 years of service to Stratford “helping make our town the great town it is to live in.”

He thanked those who helped get him elected in November to his four-year term, including Lou DeCilio, Chris Silhavey, Andy Glad, John Florek, and Norm Adlrich. He thanked especially his wife and the people of Stratford.

“Probate court is your court,” Judge Ahlberg said, speaking to the friends and family who gathered for the swearing-in. “It is the real people’s court.”

Judge Kurt Ahlberg. [Greg Reilly photo]

Judge Kurt Ahlberg. [Greg Reilly photo]

Ahlberg spoke of probate court as a place that helps the most vulnerable people, those who have suffered the death of a loved one, and those who can no longer take care of themselves.

The court administers estates “with compassionate care,” and when someone abuses a financial position, “we take them to task,” Ahlberg said.

The new judge reiterated some words written by his predecessor that he said would guide his own tenure: Service above self and justice with compassion — especially for the disabled, the poor and the abandoned.

According to Lawyers.com, Ahlberg was born in Bridgeport in 1952, earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Connecticut, was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1978, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Kurt Ahlberg, left, becomes Stratford Judge of Probate as his predecessor, Paul Kurmay, swears him in and Ahlberg’s wife Kathi holds a Bible. [Greg Reilly photo]

Kurt Ahlberg, left, becomes Stratford Judge of Probate as his predecessor, Paul Kurmay, swears him in and Ahlberg’s wife Kathi holds a Bible. [Greg Reilly photo]

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