District Judge Dennis Morris announced Wednesday the selection of Carson Brooks as Special District Judge.

“The recent election of Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin to the office of Associate District Judge will create a vacancy in the position of Special Judge on January 12,” Morris said in an official press release. “As District Judge it is my duty to appoint a new Special Judge to assume the position,” describing the selection of the special judge as, “ ... a difficult decision, as there was a large field of applicants, all of whom were well qualified for the position.”

Morris said he enlisted the aid of a committee to assist in the selection process.

“The committee was made up of four local practicing attorneys, in various fields of practice, and one lay person, who had prior work experience in the district court offices. The committee, as the field of applicants, was comprised of both women and men,” Morris said, explaining each committee member reviewed all of the applications and then made “individual choice” recommendations.

“After much deliberation and careful consideration of all the applicants, I have chosen Carson Brooks to be the next Special Judge,” Morris said, in naming the current assistant district attorney to the post.

Pointing to Brooks varied experience as a practicing attorney, Morris continued, “Most recently, Mr. Brooks has worked in the district attorney’s office for several years handling primarily juvenile delinquent and deprived cases. Prior to that, he had been in private practice for more than 10 years, handling a wide range of civil matters.

“Mr. Brooks is also a native of the area, having been born and raised in Jefferson County. He has practiced extensively before this court the past several years. I have come to know him as thoughtful and reasonable, with a strong work ethic and good common sense. I am certain that he will be an asset to the district court and to the citizens of Carter County.”

Brooks said he was pleased to have received the appointment to judicial post he sought.

“I wanted to be a judge. As an attorney, I feel the best way for me to serve the public is to be a fair and impartial judge,” he explained, adding he believes his extensive experience both as a private practicing attorney and as a prosecutor gives him a unique prospective that will aid him as he takes the bench. “The pubic has confidence in their judges and I will work tirelessly to make certain everyone is treated fairly and impartially and the is law upheld.”

Brooks also expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as one of Carter County’s judges.

“I want to thank District Judge Morris and the selection committee. I’m also thankful for the mentoring of Judge Morris, Judge Card and Judge Baldwin. Learning from them has helped prepare me for this position. I’m grateful to District Attorney Craig Ladd for giving me the opportunity to come back home to southern Oklahoma. Most of all I want to thank my wife, Kelli. It’s a hard job being a public servant and Kelli has been so supportive and loving. Without her support I would not be accepting this position,” he said.

Morris said subject to approval by all of the District Judges of the South Central Judicial District, Brooks will tentatively be sworn into office on February 12.