Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt named Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks of the Tulsa Police Department as the newest Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission.
Deputy Chief Brooks was confirmed by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Monday, May 6 by a vote of 10-0 and later confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate in May.
“Deputy Chief Brooks is an exceptional public servant,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “From the opening of the Tulsa Sobering Center to the implementation of our ambitious community policing program, Deputy Chief Brooks is leading innovative criminal justice reforms at the City of Tulsa and I am excited the State of Oklahoma will also have the opportunity to benefit from his expertise. I want to thank Governor Stitt for his confidence and appointment of Deputy Chief Brooks to the ABLE Commission.”
Brooks has over 21 years of experience with the Tulsa Police Department and serves as the Deputy Chief of Police of the Operations Bureau. Brooks played a key role in creating the Sobering Center in Tulsa, which serves as a jail diversion program designed to offer an alternative for individuals detained for public intoxication while connecting them to nationally accredited counseling and rehabilitation programs for substance abuse treatment.
“We are proud to have Deputy Chief Brooks named to the ABLE Commission and thankful to have the Tulsa Police Department represented on the Commission,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said. “His knowledge and experience in community governance and public safety will be an asset to the State of Oklahoma.”
The ABLE Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Five members represent the citizenry at-large and the remaining two members are required to possess experience in law enforcement. Members are appointed for terms of five years.
The mission of the ABLE Commission is to protect the public welfare and interest in the enforcement of the laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages, charity games and youth access to tobacco.