Grayson County Assistant District Attorney announces departure

Britton Brooks
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Published: Feb. 19, 2020 at 6:15 PM CST
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Longtime Grayson County Assistant District Attorney Britton Brooks announced on Wednesday that he has been forced out of the District Attorney's Office.

Brooks worked for the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office for 13 years and says he was forced out of his contract position by District Attorney Brett Smith and the Grayson County Commissioners in January.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Brooks said in part: "Late last month, while I was busy securing a life sentence for a Denison drug dealer, the District Attorney and County Commissioners got together and decided to do away with my current job. I was offered full-time employment in exchange for shutting down my law firm."

Brooks said he could not stop his private practice due to pending cases.

Brooks also posted: "I will miss prosecuting for Grayson County. I wish the county commissioners and current DA had not voted to remove my contract job. Strange that it happened so soon after the filing deadline for DA."

Smith denied to News 12 that Brooks was forced out or that this decision had anything to do with politics. He released the following statement on Brooks’ announcement:

“I, as elected District Attorney, made the decision to move the contract prosecutor position to a full-time position.

Mr. Brooks was offered nearly $100,000 per year, plus retirement and insurance. He was also allowed to keep his part-time municipal prosecutor jobs, after hours, as long as they did not interfere with his duties at the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.

The decision I made was in the best interest of the District Attorney’s Office to allocate the resources we need to ensure public safety.”

During his time as a prosecutor, Brooks tried more than 200 cases to juries, going undefeated in murder, habitual drug dealer, and child predator jury trials.