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Weeks sworn in as new DA

Blair County District Attorney Pete Weeks is sworn in Wednesday alongside his wife, Kristy, at the courthouse in Hollidaysburg. Mirror photo by Kay Stephens

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Former Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio had some advice Wednesday for newly sworn-in District Attorney Pete Weeks.

“He should keep doing what’s he doing,” Consiglio said after a short ceremony where Weeks and First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith signed their oaths in front of the county judges.

“You were one of our star hires,” Judge Wade A. Kagarise said to Weeks during the ceremony, recalling when Weeks started working in the district attorney’s office with Kagarise and Consiglio in 2007.

Promoted in 2018 to first assistant district attorney, Weeks became district attorney on Wednesday by repeating an oath administered by President Judge Elizabeth Doyle. His opportunity to hold the post developed in November when Consiglio, 74, announced his pending retirement and Weeks as his successor.

By law, Weeks will complete Consiglio’s term through December 20201. To remain district attorney after December 2021, Weeks will have to run for a four-year term and win.

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Consiglio, who took office in 2006 and won three subsequent elections to retain the district attorney job, said Weeks has built up enough respect to retain the office for a long time.

“He’s got a great relationship with law enforcement,” Consiglio said. “And he’s a working DA. He’s not a pencil pusher. He’s on the front line.”

While taking his oath, Weeks, flanked by his wife, Kristy, pledged to be aggressive and fair.

“I take this responsibility very seriously,” he said.

Weeks named Smith, hired in January 2018 as an assistant prosecutor, to fill the job of first assistant district attorney, a decision Consiglio endorsed.

Blair County President Judge Elizabeth Doyle offers congratulatory “elbow bumps” to newly seated District Attorney Pete Weeks (left) and retiring District Attorney Richard Consiglio. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, handshaking is discouraged, so Doyle tried the recommended alternative. Mirror photo by Kay Stephens

“Anybody who has seen her in the courtroom would support that,” Consiglio said. “She’s passionate, yes, but she also knows exactly what’s going on.”

Before working in Blair County, Smith worked from 2016-18 in Centre County where she was involved in Beta Theta Pi fraternity hazing-related prosecutions that developed after the death of Timothy Piazza.

Consiglio also drew thanks and recognition for his work in the district’s attorney’s office. He is being retained as a special prosecutor for select criminal cases, including the retrial of Paul Aaron Ross in the 2004 murder of 26-year-old Tina Miller.

“You’re going to be around,” Doyle told Consiglio.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.

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