Judge Brian Gary, of the 39th state district court, introduced Grayson County Commissioners to a returning member of the county family on Tuesday. Lisa Tomlinson has returned to the Grayson County Juvenile Services Department as its leader.


She graduated with a bachelors of arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1988. She worked for Grayson County Juvenile Probation from 1988 to 1993 when she was promoted to deputy director of the Juvenile Detention facility. She stayed with Grayson County until 2000 when she took the position as chief juvenile probation officer for Johnson County. In 2004, she became the chief juvenile probation officer for Somerveil County.


Gary said Tomlinson had returned to Grayson County to be near her aging parents and was selling real estate when she applied for the head spot at Grayson Juvenile Probation.


Tomlinson started on the job on July 2, Gary said.


“I am very appreciative and thankful to be back in Grayson County and I do have some big shoes to fill,” Tomlinson said to the commissioners in reference to Bill Bristow, who was the head of the Grayson County Juvenile Services for decades before retiring in 2015.


Gary said Bristow had returned to the post when the county needed him, but announced his decision to retire by the end of this year. Gary said the search for Bristow’s replacement had brought them to Tomlinson.


“I intend to do my very best to continue the good work that has been going on out there for years and years,” she said.


Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said he was part of the interview team who picked Tomlinson.


“You did an outstanding job,” Magers said to her and the other commissioners welcomed her.