James L. (Jim) Brooks, County Commissioner - District 1

Contact Commissioner BrooksPicture of Commissioner Brooks, District 1

Email: jbrooks@highlandsfl.gov
Office: (863) 402-6500
Cell: (863) 443-1226
Home: (863) 453-5638


Office Hours:
By Appointment

Current Term:
November 2016 - November 2020
Elected November 2012

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2019 Board and Committee Assignments
Canvassing Board
Economic Development Council / Industrial Development Authority
Extension Advisory Council
Florida Association of Counties, Rural Caucus Committee
Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization
Highlands County Soil and Water Conservation District
Small County Coalition
Tourist Development Council - Chair


Commissioner Brooks is a native Floridian and has been a resident of Highlands County since 1967. He is a graduate of South Florida Community College (1970) and the University of Central Florida (1972). After seven (7) years in Environmental Health with the Highlands County Health Department and five (5) years as Highlands County EMS Coordinator, he resigned in 1985 to help his wife's family, Saxon Groves, Inc. build and manage a new RV and Mobile Home community, Reflections on Silver Lake. In June 2014, after 29 years, Saxon Groves, Inc. decided to accept an offer to sell Reflections on Silver Lake.

Since that time, he has been retired and spends a large portion of his time tending to his County Commissioners duties.  He is a Certified County Commissioner, an Advanced County Commissioner and a Torchbearer.  Over the years, he has served on numerous appointed boards and civic organizations, including 40 years as a Rotarian, 23 years as a member of the Highlands County Planning and Zoning Commission and eight (8) years as a member of the South Florida Community College Board of Trustees.

He and his wife of 43 years, Toni, enjoy serving in their Church (Sebring Christian Church), boating, fishing, golf, travel, University of Florida Football and other sports, spending time with their two (2) children and two (2) teenage granddaughters.