March 10, 2014
J.Dee Brooks, Ward Three Midland City Councilman and former Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Midland County, announced today that he will be stepping down from the Council to run for Midland County Prosecutor. “The county prosecutor position has been my lifetime career goal for many years now, and I look forward to the opportunity to return to the office and use my 25 plus years of prosecution experience to continue to serve the people of Midland County. Brooks said that he will use his experience on the city council to help bring greater efficiency to office administration and the budgeting process, and to encourage greater cooperation and collaboration between the city, county, state and federal agencies.
Brooks has served as the Bay County “drug czar,” in charge of major felony drug offenses and civil forfeitures, and also handles other major felony cases, including homicides, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, robbery, home invasion and cases involving career or habitual offenders. Brooks said he wants to establish a “Priority Prosecution Unit” to handle the most difficult cases and dangerous offenders, which will require that all proceedings be handled by an attorney with at least 10 years of felony prosecution experience.
“Midland County remains a relatively safe community in which to live, work and raise a family. There are, however, serious issues with increased drug trafficking and other offenses being committed by outside offenders. “When I served in Midland County, we had no problem attracting highly qualified and experienced prosecutors. The financial benefits offered by the county, plus the ability to raise a family here, always left us with a choice of excellent candidates. And when we hired newer attorneys, we had well-seasoned prosecutors to help mentor and teach them. Our office was well respected in the prosecution community, and was often called upon to help train newer and less experienced prosecutors.”
“I believe that the county prosecutor’s office has more than adequate resources to effectively serve the people of Midland County. By way of comparison, in Bay County where I now work, we have 9 attorneys who cover seven different courts, as compared to 7 attorneys in Midland County who now cover four courts. Our five felony attorneys (as compared to four in Midland), handle about twice as many cases. We also take many more cases to trial. The main difference is that we have five attorneys (including myself) with 25 years or more of prosecution experience. Midland County, by contrast, now has one less judge and a significantly lesser caseload than when the seventh attorney spot was authorized for the office, and only one assistant has at least 10 years of prosecution experience.
According to James McNutt, retired Midland County Sheriff and State Representative: “J.Dee Brooks enjoys an excellent reputation and working relationship with local law enforcement, and is considered to be a tireless and courageous crime fighter.” John Oswald, a retired Midland Police Department Captain, said of Brooks: “J.Dee was always timely in reviewing criminal complaints, highly skilled and well prepared in court and relentless in his pursuit of justice for crime victims.”
In addition to his work in the prosecutor’s office and on City Council, Brooks served 10 years on the Shelterhouse Board of Directors (three terms as president), four years as Chair of the Midland County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council, on the Circle of Health Partnership Board, the Midland County Health and Human Services Council, the United Way Campaign Cabinet and Community Allocation Panels, has served over 20 years on the Tri-County Community Adjudication Program (TRI-CAP) Board of Directors – a leading alternative sentencing program, is a member of the Leadership Midland Alumni Association (Class of 2002), received the 2004 Victory Over Violence Law Day Award, has been an Adjunct Instructor at the Northeastern Police Academy and Delta College, received Prosecution Service Awards from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2009, has served on the PAAM Family Law Committee (recommending changes in domestic violence, child and elder abuse, stalking and sexual assault laws), has been a Faculty Presenter at several PAAM Domestic Violence, Trial Advocacy and Expert Witness Seminars, served on the Midland County Safety Committee and the Midland County Emergency Medical Service Advisory Board, and has volunteered with the Boy Scouts, Relay for Life, the Torch Run for Special Olympics and the Midland Soccer Club.
J.Dee Has been married for 33 years to Elaine Brooks and they have two children, Amber, a graduate of Michigan State University and currently working in the Detroit area, and Joel, a University of Michigan graduate currently working on his doctorate at M.I.T. in Boston.