Leisure's career at TPWD began in the early 1980s when he was hired as seasonal summer help. He has served brief periods over the last five years as acting state parks director. Most recently, he has served as director of Region 5, including 16 state parks in southeast Central Texas. Prior to that, he served 11 years as general superintendent of the Lost Pines Complex that includes Bastrop and Buescher state parks.
As director of Texas State Parks, Leisure will oversee a system of 93 state parks, state natural areas and historic sites and approximately 1,350 employees.
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