Meet the Surrogate

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Surrogate Diane Gerofsky was born and raised in the City of Trenton. She attended the Trenton Public Schools and Douglass College, Rutgers the State University graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Upon graduation Ms. Gerofsky took a position with the Bureau of Children's Services, State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, where she served as a social caseworker. Ms. Gerofsky, in the late '60s, turned to the field of teaching and held positions with the Trenton Board of Education. Changing careers in the early '80s she entered the field of business and legal administration where she remained until 1996. Ms. Gerofsky was elected to her first term as the Surrogate of Mercer County in 1996; re-elected to a second term in 2001; re-elected to a third term in 2006; re-elected to her fourth term in 2011; and re-elected to a fifth term in 2016.

Surrogate Gerofsky is an Executive Board member and Past President, Past Vice President and Past Secretary of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ). She is a voting member of the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC). In 2009-2010 Surrogate Gerofsky was appointed Deputy Section Chief of the Surrogate Judges and in 2010-2011 Surrogate Gerofsky served as Section Chief of the Surrogate Judges. Ms. Gerofsky served two consecutive 3-year terms on the NJ Supreme Court - Surrogate Liaison Committee and rejoined the Committee in 2010-2011 for a one-year term. In 2000 Ms. Gerofsky was invited to sit on the Civil Practice Probate Subcommittee of the Surrogate’s Liaison Committee. She was seated in 1999 on the NJ Supreme Court Special Committee for Surrogates’ Intermingled Minor Trust Fund. In 2012 Surrogate Gerofsky was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to sit on the Outside Activities of Judicial Employees committee. In 2008 she was appointed as a State Representative to the National College of Probate Judges, a position in which she continues to serve.

Surrogate Gerofsky has been an untiring community activist. She is a member of the New Jersey Federation of Women's Clubs (The Contemporary Club of Trenton), the League of Women Voters - Lawrence Township, a member of the Urban League Guild of Union County/Trenton Chapter, Austrian Hungarian Society, the 200 Club, and the Rotary Club of Trenton. She served two terms as Class President of the Douglass College, Rutgers the State University, Class of 1967.

Surrogate Gerofsky has been honored by the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) with the prestigious Gill C. Job award at its 47th annual Conference of Surrogates, County Clerks, Sheriffs and Registrars; the Greater Trenton Area YMCA as Mercer County Volunteer of the Year 1999, the Puerto Rican Parade Committee of Trenton Appreciation Award 1999, the Business and Professional Women of Trenton – Volunteer of the Year 1999, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #140 (Sheriffs) – Appreciation Award 2000, the League of Women Voters Lawrence Township – Woman in Government 2002, the NAACP Trenton Chapter President’s Award 2003 and New Jersey Federation of Colored Women's Club, West Central District #1 as Outstanding Citizen 2006.