Board of Trustees Votes to Approve Justin Brooks as Trustee
The Town of Erie welcomes Justin Brooks to the Board of Trustees! He will be completing the term of former Trustee Bill Gippe who resigned from his position in late October. The term wraps up in April with the Town’s scheduled Municipal Elections on April 5. Incoming Trustee Brooks will then have the option to run for the April election if he chooses.
To fill this seat, the Board of Trustees went through a process to call for interested applicants, review all received applications, conduct interviews, and vote for their choice based on all information from the applications and interviews. A huge appreciation goes out to the Erie residents who took the time to complete thorough and impressive applications for this process. We acknowledge it is a true sign of commitment and passion in this busy world to dedicate yourself to your community. There are many opportunities to be active in the community, and candidates not chosen for this specific position are encouraged to seek out other opportunities to get involved at the Town.
The decision to vote in Justin Brooks came down to his thoughtful application answers, his personal qualifications, and a solid interview. The Incoming Trustee has extensive experience in civic involvement and volunteering both here and in his previous hometown. He has served as the President of 100 Black Men of America, Denver Chapter, volunteered as a scoutmaster, and is an active member of the Denver African American Philanthropists. Here in Erie, he led the Erie Police Directives Task Force, and was a member of the Erie Police Professional Standards Review Panel, and is the current President of Being Better Neighbors which focuses on community building and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Professionally, Incoming Trustee Brooks has more than 20 years of experience directing program management, systems engineering, and agile development, of which he is currently using those skills at Ball Aerospace. His formal education includes a master’s degree in systems engineering (Penn State University) which complements his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering technology from Prairie View A&M. Trustee Brooks plans to use his expertise in program management and systems engineering in his role on the Board with the other six Trustees.
“Teamwork is essential to the Board of Trustees because the members all bring a number of experiences, perspectives, and interests that all serve the best interests of the Town,” Brooks said in his application, “When leveraged and applied to the challenges of the Town, there is little that can prevent the team from bringing forth decisions that have a great positive impact for our residents and visitors.”
The Incoming Trustee will be officially sworn in at the Board of Trustees Regular meeting on Dec. 14 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Find all of the details about meetings and how to participate by viewing the Town Calendar.