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Brooks officially sworn in to BOC

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Board of Commissioner Jace Brooks is sworn into office by Gwinnett County Probate Judge Walter J. Clarke at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Monday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Board of Commissioner Jace Brooks is sworn into office by Gwinnett County Probate Judge Walter J. Clarke at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Monday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Board of Commissioner Jace Brooks is congratulated by his son Aidan, 11, and wife Kirste after being sworn into office by Gwinnett County Probate Judge Walter J. Clarke at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Monday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gwinnett County Board of Commissioner Jace Brooks is sworn into office by Gwinnett County Probate Judge Walter J. Clarke at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville on Monday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Shortly after Jace Brooks was officially sworn in on Monday as a Gwinnett County Commissioner, fellow commissioner Lynette Howard had two words of relief.

"Finally, five," said Howard, who represents District 2.

Brooks' official induction to the Commission means Gwinnett again has five commissioners who represent the entire county. As District 1 Commissioner, Brooks replaces Shirley Lasseter who resigned in June when she pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge.

Duluth, Suwanee and Sugar Hill make up District 1.

Brooks, a former Suwanee city councilman, was the only candidate to qualify for a November special election to fill the remaining months of Lasseter's term. He won a July primary that determined he would begin a four-year term in January, as he has no opposition in the general election.

Brooks is set to attend his first Gwinnett Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

Howard said she attended Monday's ceremony to show Brooks support.

"He makes for more sound decisions in Gwinnett County, when you have five people making that decision instead of less than, and all parts of the county are represented," Howard said. "And District 1 has their own representative. It's good for the people in District 1 to have their own elected official."

Brooks said the commissioners would begin work on the budget in November.

"Now it's time to start doing what I talked about during the campaign," Brooks said. "The slow process of trying to rebuild the trust. That's really where it's got to start."

Brooks thanked his family and other supporters who attended Monday's ceremony.

"A lot of people put a lot of hours and sweat and effort into making this day happen, so that was special," Brooks said.

Comments

gwinnettethics 1 year, 6 months ago

Mr Brooks is stepping into a situation that will have a magnifying glass on top of it. Good luck Jace Brooks. Do the right thing no matter what it costs and make us proud.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

I see he doesn't have a hand on a Bible. I guess his left had has his fingers crossed as well. No wonder they all go crazy after 4 yrs on that BOC. They swearing is work nothing but for a picture t make it official. We haven another big-spender on board.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 6 months ago

Perchance did your forefathers check the flotation capabilities of accused witches in Salem? Careful - you'll hurt yourself stretching the truth, not to mention your imagination. In any case, he appears to have been in a courtroom and not a church and I'm very happy that Jace won.

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R 1 year, 6 months ago

Nothing like ad placement in an article though…

Text about a new commissioner being sworn in and the featured ad content in bold letters?

“LAND for SALE” Gotta LOVE it!

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

Howard said. "And District 1 has their own representative. It's good for the people in District 1 to have their own elected official." This quote is correct only if Brooks actually represents the people in District 1 and not his own interests. Time will tell as we see how he votes. I want all politicians to "earn" respect, not expect it from us.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 6 months ago

We took the opportunity to meet and chat specifics with him BEFORE voting or griping afterward while throwing useless negativity around. He was head and shoulders above his rival, the better person won, and we are expecting only the best.

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kevin 1 year, 6 months ago

time will tell if he represents us or his interests. That is what you should have asked him. Anything else is just talk to get elected. How old are you to believe everything a politician tells you? He hasn't earned any respect yet.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 6 months ago

Well, duh, exactly! Conversely, anyone that has NOT directly contacted ANY elected official of theirs before during and after the voting has neglected their civic duties. Politics is not a game of chance, just spinning the wheel, trying one and throwing them out when you're unhappy. I stongly suggest my meet and greet and remaing in touch concept - it's worked well for me since the late 60's thanks. If you're not involved in the process, you're probably part of the problem.

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slumlord 1 year, 6 months ago

I wonder if Danny Porter has started an investigation on Brooks?

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