Myra A. Kirkwood
Myra A. Kirkwood is a native Texan and currently the Chief U.S. Probation Officer in the Eastern District of Texas since October 2018, where she is the first African American and female to hold this position. Myra is a graduate of North Texas State University with a BA in Political Science, and Prairie View A&M University with a MA in Sociology, both with honors.
Myra was a 3rd grade teacher for two years in the Beaumont Independent School District, a Texas State Parole Officer for 5 years as the 1st location monitoring officer, and in 1994 began employment with the United States Probation Office in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division. In 2002, she was promoted to Supervising U.S. Probation Officer and transferred to the Plano office, where she was also promoted to Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer in 2014-2018, as the 1st first African American and female to hold this position.
With more than 32 years of experience in the criminal justice system, Myra has dedicated her life to serving others in the U.S. and abroad. She was on the faculty of the Federal Judicial Center’s (FJC) Experienced Supervisors Program for a number of years, and credits this program for igniting her passion to teach and develop others. Myra has participated in the U.S. Courts Administrative Office Program Reviews and was also a facilitator with the FJC’s Management Development Program.
Myra is a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she has held numerous local, state, regional and national positions including serving on Delta’s Ritual and Ceremonies Commission. Additionally, she has traveled with Delta’s international missions delegations to South Africa, Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland), Kenya and Ghana.
Myra enjoys traveling, reading, facilitating training, and developing others to their full leadership potential. She is married to Husein Michael Montique.