Ga. commissioner faces bribe charge

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BRUNSWICK - City Commissioner James H. Brooks, 58, was arrested on a bribery charge Thursday and booked into the Camden County jail, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Brooks was arrested in Brunswick on an outstanding Camden County warrant, said Mike McDaniel, special agent in charge of the GBI’s Kingsland office.

Asked why it was a Camden County warrant, GBI Special Agent Stacy Carson said, “That’s where the incident occurred.”

Carson said she could not discuss what led to the felony charge.

McDaniel said his office began its investigation of Brooks in April after a citizen complaint.

“The District Attorney’s Office asked us to look into it,’’ he said.

Brooks, a minister, could not be reached for comment.

The City Commission was meeting Thursday night, and Mayor Brian Thompson said he had heard only rumors “and nothing official.”

City Commissioner Johnny Cason said he couldn’t comment on the arrest but added, “He’s also done some good for the city and I want to acknowledge that.”

Brooks has served the South Ward on the City Commission since Jan. 1, 2006. He defeated incumbent Doris Davis after Davis failed to get enough names on a nominating petition and had to run a write-in campaign. After that election, Brunswick had its election requirements changed to eliminate nominating petitions.

Brooks won a second four-year term in 2009.


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