NEW HAVEN-A career probation officer who began working in Bridgeport will be the new chief of the federal probation office in Connecticut.

Chief U.S. District Judge Janet Hall announced Friday that C. Warren Maxwell will be sworn into the position on July 1, 2017 when E. Scott, Chinn, the current chief retires.

"Mr. Maxwell has served the District with distinction for nearly 25 years,” Hall said. “The court looks forward to working with him to continue the outstanding work of the U.S. Probation Office, and its talented officers and supervising team."

Maxwell began his career as a federal probation officer in Connecticut in 1992. He was involved in authoring several pre-sentence reports as well as supervising several defendants convicted in federal corruption cases.

In his position, he had the opportunity to help defendants in addressing addiction and mental health issues.

In September 1997, he was promoted to Senior Officer Guidelines Specialist, a position he would hold until November 2001, when he was selected as the Assistant Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer.

Five years later, in November 2006, Mr. Maxwell was selected as the Deputy Chief U.S. Probation Officer. Some of the projects and programs that have been developed and implemented under his leadership include: Support Court, a drug court that accepts both pretrial and post-trial conviction cases; Re-entry Court, a supervision orientation program for people recently released to post-conviction supervision; a pretrial initiative that works to ensure adherence to the Bail Reform Act with an eye toward eliminating unnecessary detention; and many initiatives aimed at staff training and development. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions and leadership.

Maxwell earned his Master in Business Administration degree from Southern Connecticut State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport.