BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday the nomination of attorney Damian Riddle as clerk magistrate of the Ayer District Court.
“Attorney Riddle’s decades of courtroom experience give me confidence that he will be an effective clerk magistrate,” Baker said in a press release. “I am pleased to submit this qualified candidate to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
Riddle, a resident of Lunenburg, has been practicing law for nearly 20 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Colorado University in 1996 and then his juris doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2000.
He started as a paralegal for Riddle & Associates for four years before becoming an assistant district attorney in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2001. Riddle returned to his old firm to concentrate on criminal law, civil litigation, probate and family law. He was an attorney for the Bar Advocates of Worcester County from 2002 to 2019. He took over the firm in 2015 and moved it to its current location in Fitchburg.
“The many cases Attorney Riddle has tried in criminal and civil court have prepared him well to serve as a clerk magistrate,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a press release. “I am confident that, if confirmed, he will serve both the courts and the commonwealth.”
If he accepts the nomination, Riddle will take over for Acting Clerk Magistrate Jennifer Lennon, who originally took over for Wendy Wilton in July 2018. Wilton had been clerk magistrate for 42 years before retiring two years ago.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor.
Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the commonwealth’s diverse population to screen judicial applications.