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Smith County Fire Marshal sworn in Tuesday

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County Judge Joel Baker administers the Oath of Office to Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks. (Source: Smith County Commissioners Court) County Judge Joel Baker administers the Oath of Office to Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks. (Source: Smith County Commissioners Court)
Commissioners and Fire Marshal Jay Brooks following the ceremony. (Source: Smith County Commissioners Court) Commissioners and Fire Marshal Jay Brooks following the ceremony. (Source: Smith County Commissioners Court)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Fire Marshal was sworn in to office Tuesday.

Jay Brooks took over the role as Smith County Fire Marshal Tuesday morning after being sworn into office by County Judge Joel Baker in the Smith County Commissioners Court.

Brooks, a previous Lindale police officer, served as the Assistant Fire Marshal in Smith County. He was selected after Jim Seaton, Fire Marshal for 15 years, passed away in April.

Seaton worked for the county for 27 years, the last 15 as Fire Marshal. His colleagues say working with him was like working with a friend. Seaton was a man who only had to be asked once, and it would be taken care of. He had one round of chemotherapy, before cancer returned. He wouldn't give up without a fight and continued working until just a few days before he died.

Following the ceremony Tuesday, Brooks said, "There is a legacy in this office that I am so lucky to get to carry forward." He added, "This isn't just a career to me, this is a calling."

Officials say Brooks is a 13-year veteran of firefighting and has 6 years of certified fire investigator experience. He served as a volunteer with the Smith County Fire Marshal's office from 2008 to 2013.

Duties of the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office include: enforcing all state and county regulations related to fire or explosions; inspecting structures for fire hazards; investigating the cause, origin, and circumstances of each fire that occurs within the county that destroys or damages property; coordinating various county firefighting units; and executing a workable emergency management plan for emergency services, shelter, and food for the citizens of Smith County in the event of a disaster.

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