Wyandotte County District Court Judge Robert Serra will retire Jan. 9, after 16 years on the bench.
“It has been a great privilege and honor to serve as a district judge for the 29th judicial district,” Serra said. “I will be eternally grateful to the people of Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County for the support and trust they showed me by electing me to four terms in the district court.”
Serra graduated from Pittsburg State University and the University of Kansas School of Law.
He enjoyed a number of professional pursuits in the legal field before becoming a district judge. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was an assistant county attorney, a municipal judge for Kansas City, Kan., president of the Kansas Municipal Judges Association and in the private practice of law for many years.
“I am grateful to my fellow judges, the attorneys who practiced before me, all of the clerks and other staff of our judicial district,” Serra said. “I am particularly grateful to my very competent administrative assistant, Ann Griffin, my late wife Kathleen, without whom I would have never filed nor been elected to this position, and to my wife Marla, who gives me support and encouragement daily.”
Serra said that retirement is bittersweet, as he has enjoyed serving as a district judge. He has no specific plans other than to spend more time with his wife and family, dedicate more time to his collections, and to travel.