Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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January 11, 2011

Special moment arrives for new judge

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Surrounded by family members and plenty of onlookers Greg Dixon was officially sworn in and put on the robes for the first time Monday as the new district judge overseeing Garvin County.

With a similar ceremony held later in the day in Purcell it was Dixon, described by his wife Gina as always having something to say, who was almost left speechless by a special moment he had been dreaming about for some time.

“It’s totally overwhelming,” Dixon said moments after the ceremony in a Pauls Valley courtroom.

“Last night I was thinking wow, it’s really going to happen. It’s an awesome responsibility. That is what’s overwhelming,” he said.

For the brief ceremony here it was Special District Judge Trisha Misak who swore in Dixon as the replacement for the retiring Candace Blalock after she served in the office for the past four terms.

Taking a place next to Dixon during the ceremony was his wife and one of his two daughters — 20-year-old Jordan, currently a junior at the University of Oklahoma.

Also present in the local courtroom were his other daughter — 15-year-old Hannah, now a sophomore at Purcell High School — 12-year-old son Eli, a sixth-grader in Purcell — and his father, Leon Dixon.

“He’s very honored to have such an important position, and he’s very humbled,” Gina Dixon said about her husband.

“He’s always dreamed of being a judge. He knows how important it is. He is so humbled by it he really was almost speechless. I thought he was going to cry,” she said.

“I do know you’re getting a good man.”

Dixon’s father expressed both pride and some lighthearted fun while posing next to the new judge afterwards.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity that he has here,” Leon Dixon said.

“I know he’ll work hard and I know he’ll be honest,” he said.

With a sly smile later the elder Dixon had some fun as he stood next to the newly sworn in judge for a few photos to mark the day.

“I’ve whipped this judge many times. I’ll do it again if I have to,” he said while drawing various smiles and laughs.

Dixon won the office last year having to defeat two opponents.

A graduate of Checotah High School, Dixon earned a business administration degree from OU in 1990. During his undergraduate studies Dixon was also a member of the OU Sooner football team. Four years later he earned his law degree.

Fresh out of law school Dixon served for three years as an assistant district attorney close to home in Eufaula. He later spent four years as a prosecutor in the judicial district here. He would serve as a prosecutor for eight years with one of those as staff attorney for the District Attorney Council in Oklahoma City.

Dixon later made the switch into a private law practice based out of Purcell. He described it as a general law practice with the primary emphasis in family, criminal, real property and probate and estate planning.

After Monday’s swearing in ceremony here Dixon was quick to thank Blalock for being present.

“I’ve been a judge for about 10 seconds. I look forward to earning your respect,” he said to all those in attendance.

As his first official act Dixon performed the oath for Garvin County Associate District Judge John Blake as he began a new four-year term.

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