For the second time in a week, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge has announced they are retiring.
Judge Ann Mesle, from Division 7 in Kansas City, announced she will retire on July 31 after nearly 13 years on the bench in Jackson County.
Judge Michael Manners, from Division 2 in Independence, will retire on Aug. 1 after nearly 13 years.
Mesle, the daughter of Independence community leader Carl Mesle, said in a press release that she is eager to remain active in civic, education and charitable efforts following her retirement.
“Judges never retire,” Mesle said in the release. “We just move our lives in challenging new directions.”
Mesle currently serves as the chair of the Park University Board of Trustees and serves on the boards for Diastole Scholars’ Center, CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association) of Independence and the Metropolitan Bar Foundation. She also previously served on various boards for her alma mater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, for more than 20 years.
Mesle was appointed to the Jackson County court in November 2000 by then Gov. Roger Wilson. Prior to that appointment, she worked for 28 years as a lawyer for Achtenberg, Sandler & Balkin, Southwestern Bell and Lathrop & Gage.
Mesle received several honors during her time as a Jackson County judge, including the Missouri Bar Association’s Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award in 2010 and the Association of Women Lawyers’ Judge of the Year Award in 2004. She also received the UMKC Law School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2000 and UMKC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
She also served as president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in 1996 and president of the UMKC Law Foundation in 1994.