Grayson County Commissioners picked a familiar face Tuesday to replace recovering Justice of the Peace Larry Atherton. Butch Morgan will fill the role while Atherton recovers from a heart attack he suffered more than a week ago.


Morgan retired as a justice of the peace for Precinct 1 in 2012. He first won the spot in November 2008 when he unseated incumbent Greg Middents.


Atherton’s recovery, Magers said, is expected to take a few months and the Precinct 1 justice of the peace is one of the busiest in the county. For that reason, the court decided to replace Atherton temporarily.


“He is up walking around,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said of JP.


Atherton’s wife, Robin, posted on Facebook that her husband is feeling well enough to be giving the hospital staff a hard time so they are confident he is well on the road to recovery.


In addition to hiring Morgan, the court also agreed to pay him in accordance with the rest of the county employees as far as pay days are concerned. Morgan will not be paid benefits during that time, Magers said, so he asked the court to agree to pay Morgan $100 extra a month for travel expenses since he lives in Whitewright. The court agreed to do so.