VOL. 129 | NO. 123 | Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Brooks Ouster Recommended On Residency
By Bill Dries
Henri Brooks is no longer a Shelby County Commissioner, according to the Shelby County Attorney's office.
A report from Shelby County Attorney Marcy Ingram released Tuesday, June 24, concludes that Brooks does not live in commission district 2, the district she has represented for the last eight years, and therefore cannot hold the office under terms of state law and the Shelby County government charter.
The Shelby County charter specifically says that if a commissioner voluntarily moves their residence out of the district they represent, they forfeit their commission seat immediately.
“The Tennessee Attorney General has said that ‘no judicial determination’ is necessary when the elected official does not reside in the district which elected her,” Ingram wrote in a cover letter to the six-page report on her office’s investigation. “Therefore, the commission should immediately declare the seat vacant, all salary and benefits must cease and the commissioner is no longer entitled to perform the functions of such office.”
Ingram also told commissioners that she has already prepared a resolution for the commission to consider that declares Brooks’ position vacant and the commission’s intent to appoint an interim commissioner.
Brooks was contacted several times by Ingram’s office during the investigation and Brooks declined to answer questions about her address, according to the report.
Brooks listed her address on recent campaign finance disclosure forms, her qualifying petition to run for Juvenile Court Clerk this year and the arrest record this month on a charge of simple assault as a house in the 1800 block of Crump Avenue, near Rhodes College.
But Ingram’s office found the utility service at the house is in the name of Robert Brown, who in property records is the co-owner of the house as well which shows a tax notice mailing address at the same house.
Brown could not be contacted by the investigators.
Investigators found that utility services include telephone and cable television connections were listed in Brooks’ name for an address on Red Fern Circle in Cordova.
Property records for the house show it is owned by Chanda Brooks.
A neighbor on Red Fern told county investigators they had seen Brooks’ car at the house.
Neighbors on Crump said they had seen Brown but had never seen Brooks at the house.