Brooks named interim county prosecuting attorney

Published 12:08 am Tuesday, January 8, 2019


NATCHEZ — Local attorney Carmen Brooks will be the interim Adams County prosecuting attorney after Adams County Board of Supervisors members voted during Monday’s meeting to appoint her to the position.

Bryan Callaway, who resigned Dec. 31 to become the Assistant District Attorney to Ronnie Harper, previously held the county prosecutor’s position.

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Brooks will fill Callaway’s unexpired term until a new prosecutor is elected in this year’s general election Nov. 5 and sworn into office on Dec. 31.

So far only one candidate, Lisa J. Chandler, has filed paperwork in the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office to run for the position. Chandler is running as a Democrat.

Brooks was one of two nominees for the interim position, officials said — the other being attorney, Aisha Sanders, who previously had served as the county prosecutor.

Officials said both Brooks and Sanders expressed interest in the position, and District 3 Supervisor Angela Gibson Hutchins nominated Sanders for her experience with the job, Hutchins said.

“She served before, and I believe she would be a good choice to serve again,” Hutchins said. “She could go in right away and pick up what she has already done and not have to be trained again.”

District 4 Supervisor Ricky Gray nominated Brooks.

“I voted for Mrs. Sanders last time,” Gray said, “and Mrs. Brooks called me and said if anything had come up again to consider her. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m considering her.”

Brooks was awarded the position by a vote of 3-2 with Gray, District 2 supervisor David Carter and District 1 supervisor Mike Lazarus voting in favor of the appointment

In other matters during the Adams County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, the board:

  • Reappointed District 5 Supervisor Calvin Butler as the board president, Carter as the board’s vice president and all other supervisors to their respective positions, as is customary for the first board meeting of each new year.
  • Addressed several needed adjustments to personal and commercial property appraisals for taxpayers, which may have been erroneously appraised at higher values in 2018.
  • Discussed the progress of emergency watershed projects and other needed repairs due to land erosion.
  • Unanimously granted approval for emergency management department purchase dispatcher software for $8,551 and unanimously granted approval for the emergency management department to apply for grant funds that would cover 75 percent of the cost of a replacement emergency siren priced at $22,525.
  • Unanimously approved payments of $31,790.75 to Camo Construction Co. and $2,461 to Jordan Kaiser & Sessions LLC for the Belwood levee project.
  • Unanimously approved replacement hires and employee promotions at the sheriff’s and emergency management departments.
  • Discussed finding a new recreation director to replace Alice Agner, who resigned as the YMCA of Natchez Operations Director to take a new position with the YMCA in Jackson as its executive assistant to the CEO.