Tarrant County Precinct One Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks was sworn in on Monday as the 2017-2018 President of the National Association of Counties (NACo) during the organization's annual meeting in Franklin County, Ohio.
The conference and exposition brought together more than 1,500 county officials and guests in Columbus, Ohio, for high-level discussions that reflected the broad scope of county interests on a national scale including emerging information technologies, childhood policies and practices that target the elimination of childhood poverty, promote healthy child development, and address the over incarceration of mentally ill persons in jails.
"One of my goals is to give the people of Tarrant County a voice at the table when policies that affect them are made in Washington, D.C.,” said Brooks. “My role is not to usurp power from our representatives in Washington; I hope they consider me as an advocate for the people we serve. I want to be a sort of spirit guide, to our constituents, as we go through the national policy formation process. I want to put the focus on real needs of real people living in America’s counties.”
Tarrant County continues its tradition of providing strong leadership among its state and national peers. County Judge Glen Whitley served as 2010-2011 NACo President and currently serves on the board of directors. Tarrant County is the only county with a president and former president serving together on the board.
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