Director – Chief Probation Officer, Tarrant County Juvenile Services
Bennie J. Medlin serves as Director/Chief Probation Officer for Tarrant County Juvenile Services, the agency charged with administering juvenile probation services for Tarrant County. He has over thirty-seven years of professional experience in the juvenile justice system. He started his career at Dallas County Juvenile Probation and promoted through the ranks to Superintendent of Detention Services. He has been employed with the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) managing the operations of multiple several juvenile detention centers. He left the Florida DJJ to accept senior executive positions in the private sector with Ramsey Youth Services, Inc. and Psychiatric Solutions as a Division Chief Executive Officer, and Youth Services International as Vice President of Juvenile Operations. In these positions, he managed various long-term residential treatment programs and behavioral healthcare hospitals in multiple states. He joined Tarrant County Juvenile Services in 2005 as an Assistant Director and was appointed to his current position in 2016.
Mr. Medlin is a Dallas native. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the Chairman of the Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, a member of the Project Safe Neighborhood Steering Committee, a member of the Fort Worth School After School Coordination Board and holds positions on various other boards and advisory committees.