Judge Conque said Tuesday he will retire at end of year

Judge Durwood Conque
Judge Durwood Conque

Lafayette Parish Judge Durwood Conque announced Tuesday he would retire when his six-year term ends in December.

Conque was first elected to the 15th Judicial District bench in 1987. During his tenure, he served as chief judge for the three-parish judicial district composed of Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College, according to a news release.

When he retires, Conques will have served 27 years.

“There is a time for everything, and I feel that this is the right time for me to step down from office,” Conque said. “I am very grateful to all of the people who have stood by me for all these years.

“My family, my friends, my supporters, my staffers and the court personnel who have worked alongside me all deserve to share in the credit for any accomplishment that others may be inclined to attribute to me. I salute and thank you all,” he said.