Judge Cheryl Rios was appointed to the District Court bench in 2008. Previously she was Associate Judge for the City of Topeka, Municipal Court. After practicing critical care nursing for 6 years, Judge Rios graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 1993. The judge served as a staff attorney for Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, served as an adjunct professor at Washburn University and is a former Shawnee County Assistant District Attorney. Judge Rios currently is assigned to hear felony criminal cases in Shawnee County District Court.
Judge Rios currently serves on the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Board of Trustees, Valeo Behavioral Health Foundation Board, and Kansas District Judges Association Board of Directors. She also serves on several court committees including Kansas Judicial Council Criminal Law Advisory Committee, Kansas Judicial Council's Webform Committee and the KBA's Media-Bar Committee.