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.
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.