SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) -Jay Brooks is returning to the position of Smith County Fire Marshal.
His appointment was announced at Tuesday’s county commissioners court meeting. As fire marshal, Brooks will also serve as the county’s emergency management coordinator.
Brooks previously held the position from May 2014 to October 2015 before returning to the private sector, the fire marshal’s office said, working for the M Chest Pharmacy Group, responsible for IT infrastructure and software development. He also earned a MBA from LeTourneau University and served as a reserve Lindale police officer and fire investigator.
Brooks became a volunteer firefighter and EMT in 2001. He has certifications as a master peace officer and instructor, arson investigator, and fire inspector, among others.
“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 26 years at Smith County, McCoy-Wasson is retiring. Brooks will take over the position on July 29, and will fill the unexpired term through December 2020.