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Brooks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia, on its southern border with Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,243. The county seat is Quitman. In 1818 U.S. president Andrew Jackson made a treaty with the Spanish and the Native Americans and claimed the land that is now Brooks County for the United States. Settlers later came down the Coffee Road from middle Georgia in their covered wagons, ox-drawn carts, and buggies. These early settlers had three things uppermost in their minds: religion, education, and agriculture. Roads were projected to run from the courthouse to each part of the county. Founded on December 11, 1858, Brooks County was created from portions of Lowndes and Thomas counties. The 494-square-mile county was named for Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina, an extremely popular young legislator known for his intensely southern sentiments and his zealous defense of southern rights. In 1853 Brooks was elected to Congress as a States' Rights Democrat and served until his death four years later, at the age of thirty-eight. A year later the Georgia legislature showed their appreciation of him by naming a county for him. The largest town in Brooks County, Quitman, was named the county seat. Betty Sheffield Camellia Betty Sheffield Camellia The first courthouse, a small, temporary building, opened in 1859. A permanent edifice was begun in the same year, but the Civil War (1861-65) delayed its construction. That courthouse, completed in 1864, is still in use today, although it has undergone remodeling and modernizing. Quitman is known as the Camellia City because of the plants grown there, and also because Betty Sheffield, developer of the well-known camellia variety of the same name, was a longtime resident. Other small towns in the county include Barney (famous for its peaches), Barwick, Morven, and Pavo.

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					   					   					   					   					   					   					   Mike Smith
Mike Smith
Public Safety/911/EMA
Brooks County 911/EMA Services strives to ensure the most expedient response for our citizens when facing the most emergent situations.
					   					   					   					   					   					   					   Jim Owens
Jim Owens
Public Works
Our Public Works team is a crucial part of our operation. Our team of committed employees are out on our county roads each day working to ensure the safety of our commute and environment.
					   Chief Jordan Smith
Chief Jordan Smith
Brooks Co Fire Department
					   					   					   					   					   					   					   				Bob Vann
Bob Vann
Recycling Center
					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   			Billy Ingram
Billy Ingram
Inspections/Zoning
					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   					   						Sheriff Mike Dewey
Sheriff Mike Dewey
Brooks Co Sheriff’s Office

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