Smith Co. names new fire marshal

Smith County

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 3:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:58pm

The Smith County Commissioners Court announced today that the position of Smith County Fire Marshal has been filled. Roy J. “Jay” Brooks, Jr., accepted the position on Monday and will step into the role of Smith County Fire Marshal in June. Brooks is the Owner/Manager of Brooks Forensics, LLC, a private fire investigation company. He currently serves the Lindale Police Department as Fire Marshal for the city and patrolman.

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.

“I am so humbled that the Commissioner’s Court has offered me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Smith County in this capacity. Charles Shine and Jim Seaton left a legacy of excellence and I hope to continue the progress they started in County fire protection and hazard mitigation. I also can’t express how proud I am of the staff I will be working with, many of whom helped mold me into the investigator I am today;” Brooks said. “I would also like to say a huge thank you to my loving wife, Kelly, and my two sons, Hagen and Zachary, for supporting me while enduring the sacrifices that go into having a volunteer firefighter and investigator as a husband and father.”   

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