Henri Brooks refuses to step down, casts votes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A day after she was removed from the Shelby County Commission, Henri Brooks showed up to a committee meeting and cast two votes.

An investigation showed Brooks does not live in her district.

Brooks told commissioners she did not feel her seat was vacant when she showed up to a committee meeting Wednesday morning.

Brooks said she still considered herself a member of the commission, “I am not in a conflict of interest.”

Minutes before saying that, she took part in a 10-0 vote on an ethics proposal.

Commissioner Chris Thomas objected to the vote, at which time the county attorney said the vote would be invalidated if Brook is called into court.

The attorney also said no judge is needed to remove a commissioner from their seat.

Commissioner Justin Ford said he considered Brooks a member and her votes valid but commissioners voted to overrule his decision.

Commissioner Steve Basar told Brooks, “Do the right thing, resign. Don’t make us make this decision.”

In the end, commissioners voted to declare the seat vacant. Commissioners Bailey, Ford and Chism voted against all measures to remove Brooks.

After the vote, Brooks handed out a statement saying, “The county attorney’s decision was made on the absence of proof. It was made to get me off this body and out of the Juvenile Court Clerk’s race.”

The county attorney however said Brooks declined several times to clear up the matter of where she resides.

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