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Lindale police officer tapped as new Smith Co. fire marshal

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Jay Brooks (Source: KLTV staff) Jay Brooks (Source: KLTV staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Commissioners Court named a new fire marshal for the county during Tuesday morning's meeting.

Jay Brooks will assume the role, which was previously held by Jim Seaton, in June. Seaton died on April 3 after a battle with cancer.

Brooks, a Lindale police officer, has served in the past as a reserve firefighter for the Smith County Fire Department. Brooks as served as the fire marshal for Lindale.

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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