San Marcos Municipal Judge John P. Burke will retire at the end of June, the city’s spokesperson announced just after lunch today. The full statement from the city of San Marcos:
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Judge Burke has served as Judge of the Municipal Court the past eight years. Previous to service as municipal judge, Burke served for approximately 10 years with the City of Corpus Christi as a Senior Assistant City Attorney and part time instructor at Del Mar College.
“Judge Burke has served the City of San Marcos well, bringing important innovations to make our municipal court and the administration of justice more accessible to citizens of all ages,” Mayor Daniel Guerrero said. “We are grateful for his many contributions to our court system and to reaching out to so many students in our public schools as well.”Judge Burke was instrumental in establishing the municipal court evening/night court every Wednesday to accommodate those who work and attend school during the day. Burke recently helped spearhead the physical relocation of the Court from the San Marcos Municipal Building to the Hays County Government Center.
He has initiated several programs to reduce the court backlog and ensure more efficient service for the citizens of the community. Burke also started programs to reach out to local schools with classes on bullying, use of seat belts and traffic safety. He helped start a yearly tradition of conducting a mock court at the San Marcos High School.
Prior to his Corpus Christi tenure, Burke had a private law practice in Dripping Springs for many years where he also served as City Attorney. He served three terms as a Hays County Justice of the Peace.
Burke is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as Lt. Col., JAG Corps. He served in S.E. Asia on active duty during the Vietnam War.
Burke serves on the Hays County Bail Bond Board, the Hays County Criminal Justice Committee, is a member of the San Marcos Noon Lions Club, life time member of the V.F.W. and member of the Texas Municipal Court Association.
He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Burke Foundation, a residential treatment facility for boys and child placing agency in Driftwood, Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with B.A. and J.D. degrees.