Retirement and Appointment of Chief U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officer for the District of Maine

United States District Court

District of Maine
March 19, 2018


Retirement of Chief Karen-Lee Moody
Effective March 31, 2018

On March 31, 2018, Chief United States Probation and Pretrial Services Officer Karen-Lee Moody will retire from her service to the District of Maine. Chief Moody has served this District with distinction for more than twenty-seven years with the last eleven years as Chief.  During Ms. Moody’s tenure as the Chief, her vision has been to “strive to change lives” of defendants with professionalism, integrity, and dignity.  Under Chief Moody’s leadership, the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office has implemented programs that provide effective supervision of defendants while providing them with tools and resources they need to be safe and successful in the community. Those programs include the Offender Re-Entry Program, cognitive behavioral programming, enhanced treatment services, risk assessments, the STARR Program (Staff Training Aimed at Reducing Re-Arrest) and workforce training for defendants on supervised release.  In addition to her service as Chief in this District, Karen-Lee has served on this Court’s Criminal Law Committee and national working groups including the AO Budget and Finance Advisory Council, AO Staffing Formula Working Group and the Federal Judicial Center’s Probation and Pretrial Advisory Group. 


Chief Moody has developed a corps of highly educated and committed officers who share her commitment to the mission of striving to change lives. The Probation Office in this District has specialists in the areas of sex offenses, location monitoring, presentence and post-sentencing investigations, drug treatment, evidence-based practices, and re-entry programs.  Ms. Moody championed and implemented the District’s first re-entry program called SWiTCH (Success with the Court’s Help). 


Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen commented that “Under the leadership of Chief Moody, United States Probation Officers in the District of Maine have helped thousands of criminal defendants navigate the federal criminal system and emerge to rebuild successful, productive lives. Chief Moody’s steadfast leadership, her insistence on adhering to evidence-based practices, and her commitment to treating people with dignity and respect, have had a profound effect on both the individuals she has served and on the safety of our communities. We will miss her, and we wish her well.” 


Appointment of Kimberly Rieger
Effective April 1, 2018


Kimberly Rieger will succeed Karen-Lee Moody as the next Chief. The Court will welcome Ms. Rieger to the District with an oath ceremony on March 23, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 1 of the Edward Thaxter Gignoux Courthouse in Portland, Maine. 


Ms. Rieger began her career with the United States District Court in Topeka Kansas in 1999 followed by her appointment to Supervisory United States Probation Officer for Western District of Oklahoma. Most recently she has been the Deputy Chief United States Probation Officer for the Western District of Oklahoma. Kimberly holds a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in criminology from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Corrections Administration from Washburn University, where she graduated with Honors, and later taught as an adjunct instructor for the School of Criminal Justice.


Kimberly Rieger serves the federal courts as a national trainer and subject matter expert and has received a commendation from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for her work with their agency. She is a graduate of the Federal Judicial Center’s Leadership Development Program. She is also a featured criminal justice professional in the textbook, Probation, Parole and Community Based Corrections.


During her years in Oklahoma, Ms. Rieger served on the Board of Directors of New View Oklahoma, an agency serving the visually impaired, and the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. She served as the alumnae advisor for Delta Gamma at the University of Oklahoma from 2010-2014, where she was honored as the Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor. Ms. Rieger also served as president of the Norman Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter, and in 2016 was honored as the Oklahoma City Panhellenic Association’s Woman of the Year. She is also a graduate of the Norman Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Leadership Norman Program.