New Smith County fire marshal sworn into office
Tyler (KETK) — Official swore in Roy J. "Jay" Brooks as the new Smith County fire marshal Tuesday.
The Smith County Commissioners Court announced the selection back on May 20. Brooks is the Owner/Manager of Brooks Forensics, LLC, a private fire investigation company. Before the move, Brooks served as the Lindale Police Department and fire marshal for the city and patrolman.
"There is a legacy in this office that I am so lucky to get to carry forward.This isn't a career to me. This is a calling," said Brooks.
He is a 13-year veteran of firefighting and has six years of certified fire investigator experience. Brooks served on a volunteer basis with the Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office from 2008 to 2013. He also holds multiple certifications as a fire/arson investigator, inspector, peace officer, and private investigator and has logged more than 1,000 hours of fire, rescue, and EMT-B training in addition to his investigative training.