Meet Charles Brooks

Candidate for Clayton County Solicitor General

Early Life

Charles grew up in a working-class family as the son of an auto assembly line worker and a postal employee.  The middle child and only boy of his family, Charles always stood apart from his siblings and peers.  He excelled in academics and learned the value of charity and community involvement early in life from his grandfather, a Southern Baptist minister.

As he got older, he learned the value of civic involvement and leadership as a cadet in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Forest Park High School. Charles was recognized as a leader and scholar and ultimately voted by faculty and students as Best All Around Senior.

Education

From high school, Charles continued his education at Alabama State University (ASU), becoming the first person in his family to go to college. While attending ASU, he served in a number of student organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA) serving as the vice president and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) also serving as the vice president. 

Upon obtaining his degree from ASU, Charles’ mentor, then-assistant principal of Forest Park High School, asked him to return to “The Park” to teach.  This was the best decision of his life as it was there where he met his wife of now 12 years, Mrs. Timesha Brooks. 

Charles has taught, mentored, and coached youth throughout Clayton County. He has also travelled overseas to teach in Japan.  While teaching in Japan, Charles was inspired to impact his community as an attorney.     

Law

Upon returning to the United States, Charles entered the University of Georgia School of Law where he excelled in trial advocacy. While in law school, Charles rose to become the president of the Black Law Students Association and interned in the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office. He ultimately was hired by the District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and prosecuted serious felony offenses to include murder, rape, and armed robbery. 

Charles obtained the respect of his colleagues and judges alike. He was sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office to participate in the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Clayton” program where he went on to be awarded the Regional Leadership Institute Award, which allowed him to participate in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Leadership Program. There he met many of Atlanta’s and Metro Atlanta’s regional leaders, trend-setters, and thought provokers in business, government and the faith-based community. 

While in the DA's Office, Charles observed many young people facing felony offenses and wanted to reach them before their crimes escalated to felonies. Charles saw the opportunity to divert and redirect the lives of young people by joining the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office.

Solicitor General 

In the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office, Charles has worked to modify the behavior of young people faced with misdemeanor offenses. On behalf of the Solicitor's Office, he has served as the mental health resource prosecutor and teamed up to mentor children in our county. Charles ascended to Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor General, then to Chief Assistant Solicitor General within a five-year span. On a daily basis, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of five divisions of State Court, training and supervising fellow prosecutors and support staff, reviewing cases, interviewing and hiring new staff members, public relations, technology training and a myriad of other duties and responsibilities.

Now, with the blessings of family and friends and the encouragement of the current Solicitor General, Tasha M. Mosley, he hopes to build on the foundations set by Ms. Mosley and continue the legacy of community outreach as the next Solicitor General of Clayton County.

As Solicitor General, Charles will expand restorative justice programs and continue to work to reach the youth in the community before they reach the criminal justice system.  He would be honored to have your vote and support for the Solicitor General of Clayton County, Georgia.