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Jay Brooks Sworn in as Smith County Fire Marshal

Jay Brooks was sworn in Monday, July 29, as the Smith County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator.

During a ceremony in the Commissioners Courtroom, Brooks was sworn in by County Judge Nathaniel Moran.

Brooks began volunteering for the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office in 2007, and became part of the reserve staff in 2008. He volunteered until 2014, when he became the county’s fire marshal for more than a year before leaving to work in the private sector.

“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.”

After he was sworn in on Monday, Brooks deputized his staff.

Chad Hogue serves as the assistant fire marshal and assistant emergency management coordinator.

Caitlin Roberson is deputy fire marshal and emergency management assistant.

Hogue and Ms. Roberson have worked for the Fire Marshal’s Office since 2017.

Deputy Fire Marshals Eric Lowry and Trey Glover have worked for the office since 2015.

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.

Brooks was appointed by the Commissioners Court after Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson retired. Brooks will fill the unexpired term through December 2020.





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