District Judge Dynda Post today announced that she is retiring from the judiciary next year, at the end of her current term.
Judge Post serves as District Judge for Rogers, Mayes and Craig Counties, the 12th Judicial District. Her term ends December 31, 2014, after 24 years on the bench.
“It has been a great privilege to have the opportunity to serve the people in this District, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished,” she stated. During the past several years, Judge Post started programs to help children within the court system, such as Tri-County CASA, and “Helping Children Cope with Divorce.”
Additionally, she helped establish adult Drug Courts across the 12th District, and started juvenile drug court in Rogers County.
As the district grew and cases increased, she started mandatory mediation in family court. She substantially increased jury terms to help move criminal and civil cases through the court system.
During her time on the bench as District Judge, the numbers of judges within the district have grown to two more special judges, and one additional District Judge.
“We are very fortunate to have hard-working, professional judges in our District, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with them,” she said.
Judge Post serves on the Juvenile Judges Oversight and Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court.
She is the current chairperson of PARB, a statewide foster care review board.
In recent years, Judge was honored as OK CASA’s “Judge of the Year”, and was given the “Community Advocate” award from Rogers County Youth Services. She is a recipient of the “Outstanding Alumni” Award from Oklahoma Baptist University.
Last month she was recognized by the Oklahoma Bar Association’s women in law division, for outstanding leadership to women in the legal profession.
In 1994, Judge Post’s cooking team, won first place in the Vinita Calf Fry Cooking Contest.
The first woman judge in the District, Post is one of the longest-serving District Judges in the history of the District.
She started her service in the district as an Assistant District Attorney, later becoming a Special District Judge, before being elected to her current position in 1994. “Growing up in a family of modest means, becoming a judge was a big dream for a little girl in rural Oklahoma. I appreciate having had the opportunity to serve the people in this district.”
“I also want to thank my courthouse staff, both past and present, all of whom worked so hard over the years to help the citizens of these three counties.”
“In addition, I want to thank the attorneys who practiced in front of me. It has been a pleasure to have so many well-prepared lawyers over the years in my court.”
“And finally, I am most grateful to all those folks who helped and supported me through the years: from knocking on doors in the rain to building signs; from talking to their neighbors to sending out “Post” cards; from handing out fans at the rodeo to walking beside me in so many parades, along with their dogs and horses. It has been very humbling, and was truly an honor to be elected and re-elected by the voters in our district, and they have my thanks.”
“As I close this chapter of my life next year, I look forward to finding new opportunities to continue in public service.”