Third chief in a month to be named at Juvenile Justice Department

Apr 28, 2014

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department on Thursday is set to name its third leader in a month at a meeting of the board that oversees the agency. 

Linda Brooke, the current interim executive director, is leaving TJJD for a job in Fort Worth, Jim Hurley, the agency's spokesman, said Wednesday.

"It's simply a timing issue," Hurley said, indicating the departures had little to do with the agency itself, but rather with opportunities elsewhere.

Brooke worked with the former Texas Juvenile Probation Commission before it merged with the former Texas Youth Commission to form the current agency, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

She became interim executive director on April 1, filling the vacancy left by executive director Mike Griffiths, who retired.

A special board meeting is scheduled for Thursday to consider and possibly approve David Riley as Brooke's replacement.

If confirmed, Riley, who is currently chief juvenile probation officer for Bexar County, would start on May 12. 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at