Kathy Waters has over 33 years of criminal justice experience. She began her career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in 1984 as a Probation and Parole Officer. In 1989, she served the Department in the capacity of Training Coordinator of CLEET (The Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training). From December of 1989 until September of 1994, she was the District Supervisor of Probation and Parole, District V, in Enid. In September 1994, she was appointed the Deputy Director of Offender Services. Ms. Waters was named the Deputy Director of Probation and Parole/Community Corrections on March 17, 1997. She served in this capacity until January 2001, at which time she became the Division Director of the Adult Probation Services Division for the Administrative Office of the Courts, Arizona Supreme Court. Ms. Waters has lead the initiative of Evidence Based Practices in Probation and Pretrial in the state as outlined in the Supreme Court’s Strategic Agendas with outstanding and promising results.
Ms. Waters served as an instructor in Criminal Justice at Northeastern State University from 1983 until 1988. Currently, she serves as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections and an auditor with the American Correctional Association. She is a past president of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and has been active in that organization since 1990. In 2009 Ms. Waters was the recipient of the APPA Walter Dunbar Award for service and contributions to the organization and field. She has been an active member of the American Correctional Association since 1988. She is a charter member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections, a Past President and currently serves as the Chair of the National Voice Committee for AWEC. In 2015, she received the Supreme Court’s Strategic Agenda Award for her efforts in implementing Evidence Based Pretrial Services in Arizona. In June 2016, she was awarded the Courts Administration of Justice Award recognizing her contributions and impacts to Arizona Probation and the Courts over a long period of time.
She served as a member of the National Steering Committee on a Partnership for Safe Communities, Courts, Education and Literacy and later served as Conference Chairperson for the Oklahoma State Conference for Partnership for Safe Communities, Courts, Education, and Literacy. She has authored numerous articles for the APPA Perspectives Journal as well as Corrections Today for the American Corrections Association. She is a guest writer for two editions of Corrections in the 21st Century. She also served as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Fair Justice Task Force.
Ms. Waters received an Applied Associates of Science Degree from Tulsa Jr. College in 1973, she received her BA. Degree from Northeastern State University in 1980, and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern State University in 1982.
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