After 32 years with the Grayson County Health Department, Sherrel Lynn Killerlain will retire this week. She began as a nurse and has worked with various programs within the Health Department. She retires as director of Jail Health Medical Services and was recognized Tuesday by the Grayson County Commissioners Court for her service.


Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt praised her work at the jail.


“We worry about many, many, many things in the jail,” Watt said, explaining he never worried about things for which Killerlain was responsible.


Watt said he was not sure who came up with the phrase “compassionate tenacity,” but it sure fits Killerlain. He said the Health Department’s work in the jail is a program that is envied by many other sheriffs throughout the state.


Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said Killerlain’s dedication to her job included finding software that would allow the jail staff and the Health Department staff to work together, something that saved taxpayer money in the long run.


“I just appreciate that,” Magers said. “That is one of those things that makes a big difference to the taxpayer but doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves.”


Grayson County Commissioner Bart Lawrence told Killerlain they appreciate her service. Killerlain’s boss, Amanda Ortez, presented the retiree with a plaque for her service to the county.


“I will miss her and all of her tenacity and just her spirit,” Ortez said in thanking Killerlain for her dedication to the patients she has served over the last 32 years.


In other news, the court also approved Ortez’s request to allow the county to enter into the Women, Infants and Children Dietetic Internship program. Ortez said the program would allow the county to send one of its qualified staff members for training as a dietitian, which would then allow the county to have a paid dietitian on staff rather than having to contract with one for the WIC program. In return, the staff selected would have to agree to remain in the county’s employment for at least 24 months. Ortez said she is hopeful the county could keep the person longer than 24 months.


Lawrence also gained approval from the court to make one of the positions in his road crew a part-time rather than full-time position. He said he has a former staffer who can run the motor grader that they need, but the man only wants to work part-time.


Commissioners also approved $136,758 in insurance proceeds for wind damage done at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field.