Judge Altieri was raised in Lee’s Summit by David and Linda McFarland, both of whom passed away in 2019. Before retirement, David was a lifelong truckdriver and Linda was a hairdresser. Other than technical training, neither of her parents had any formal education. Her parents were good, hardworking people.
Judge Altieri has always credited her parents as the biggest influence on how she thinks of herself as a judge, and how she treats others. Judge Altieri believes that although being a judge is a very important job, it does not make her as an individual any more important than anyone else around her.
Judge Altieri has been in courtrooms over the years and has witnessed judges demean an individual for being uneducated, poor, uniformed, a different race, or even when suffering from mental health issues. These situations were appalling for her to watch.
“I chose to run for re-election to continue to provide a fair, open-minded judge for the City and treat people the way I would want to be treated. I am grateful for this position and I have never taken it for granted.”
Judge Altieri treats everyone as she would want to be treated. Even if an individual ultimately disagrees with her decision on any given case, it is extremely important to her that they leave with the feeling that she listened, heard what they had to say, and were treated with respect.