Kathy Waters

Kathy Waters joins Justice Systems Partners with more than 36 years of criminal justice experience.  Ms. Waters has served as the Division Director of the Adult Probation Services Division for the Administrative Office of the Courts, Arizona Supreme Court since January 2001.  She began her career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer and served in numerous capacities for the next 17.5 years to include District Supervisor over 24 counties of Western Oklahoma and Deputy Director of Probation and Parole and Community Corrections.

Ms. Waters has lead the initiative of Evidence-Based Practices in Probation and Pretrial in the state as outlined in the Arizona Supreme Court’s Strategic Agendas with outstanding and promising results.   She served on the Supreme Court’s Fair Justice Task Force and continues to implement the ongoing recommendations.  Ms. Waters has a passion for justice reforms and evidence-based practices.

On a national level, Ms. Waters is a Past President of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and has written numerous articles for Perspectives and continues as a member of the Board of Directors.  She serves as a consultant to the National Institute of Corrections and the National Center for State Courts.  In 2009 Ms. Waters was the recipient of the APPA Walter Dunbar Award for service and contributions to the organization and field.  She is a charter member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC), a Past President and currently serves as the Chair of the National Voice Committee. In 2018 she received the Susan M. Hunter Award for leadership from AWEC. In 2015, she received the Supreme Court’s Strategic Agenda Award for her efforts in implementing Evidence-Based Pretrial Services in Arizona and in June 2016, she was awarded the Supreme Court Administration of Justice Award recognizing her contributions and impacts to Arizona Probation and the Courts over a long period of time.  In 2017, Ms. Waters was the recipient of the George M. Keiser Award for exceptional leadership from the National Association of Probation Executives.

Ms. Waters received an Associates of Science Degree from Tulsa Jr. College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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