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.