NACo First Vice President; Commissioner, Tarrant County, Texas
Tarrant County, Texas Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks was elected NACo first vice president on July 24, 2016. Active in NACo since 1991, Brooks most recently served as chair of NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus, which works to address the challenges facing the nation’s 100 largest counties. He has served on NACo’s Board of Directors, chaired NACo’s Health Steering Committee Subcommittee on Health Reform and chaired NACo’s Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board. He is also the chairman of the National Organization of Black County Officials.
For more than 30 years, Brooks has represented his community, as a volunteer, a city official and a county commissioner. Located in the north central part of Texas, Tarrant County serves a population of approximately 1.8 million residents.
Brooks was elected to serve as a Tarrant County commissioner in 2004 and has dedicatedhimself to addressing human services issues since taking office. He has worked diligently to provide constituents with opportunities to sign up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act and has taken on issues such as healthcare for the homeless,infant mortality, obesity, health disparities and AIDS education.
Brooks has served in numerous local, state and federal leadership positions and is passionate about improving residents’ health and welfare. He has spearheaded many programs in Tarrant County, including the Tarrant CountyEx-Offender Re-Entry Program, the Nurse Family Partnership — an evidence-based nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers and their children — and a Blue Ribbon Task Force on HealthCare for the Homeless.
A committed husband and father, Brooks is married to Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks, President and CEO of Brooks and Associates Educational Consultants. They are the proud parents oftwo adult children. Brooks is anactive, long-term member of Morningside United Methodist Church, an avid reader, a collectorof African American art and a participant in the Adlee H.Trezevant Memorial Choir of the Historic I.M. Terrell High School.