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Smith County Fire Marshal Appointed

Jay Brooks was appointed Tuesday to serve as the Smith County Fire Marshal.

Brooks began serving as a volunteer reserve assistant fire marshal in 2008. He later served as the Fire Marshal for more than a year before leaving in 2015 to work in the private sector.

On Tuesday, the Smith County Commissioners Court voted to appoint Brooks as the Smith County Fire Marshal. He and two other candidates were interviewed during executive session.

“I am honored that the Commissioners Court would give me the opportunity to finish what I started, and the work that Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson continued after my departure,” Brooks said. “Public service is my calling and I am humbled to be given another opportunity to serve the citizens of Smith County.”

Since leaving Smith County, Brooks worked as managing director for M Chest Pharmacy Group, responsible for IT infrastructure and software development. He has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Letourneau University, and has served as a reserve Lindale Police officer and fire investigator.

He became a volunteer firefighter and EMT in 2001. He has also worked for the Lindale Volunteer Fire Department. He is a software engineer who has certifications as a master peace officer and instructor, arson investigator and fire inspector, among others.

As fire marshal, Brooks will also serve as the county’s emergency management coordinator.

Commissioner Jeff Warr said they had three excellent finalists, and he appreciates the service all of the men have done for their communities.

Commissioner Terry Phillips agreed.

“We had three men here who were really qualified,” he said. “I hope they will continue on the road of service to their communities.”

After 26 years at Smith County, Mrs. McCoy-Wasson is retiring. Brooks will take over the position on July 29, and will fill the unexpired term through December 2020.






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