Shelly Schultz

Miami News-Record

Miami’s emergency management and code enforcement director has been suspended with pay pending a review by the board.

Gary Brooks, 54, was charged last week with one count of misdemeanor domestic abuse stemming from an altercation with his 22-year-old daughter.

Authorities say Brooks struck his daughter in the face and choked her during an argument at the G.A.R. Cemetery.

City Manager Huey Long said Thursday that the status of Brooks’ suspension is under review.

Brooks is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m., on Oct. 6.

Ron Stockwell, Brooks’ attorney, requested the case be placed on an expedited docket.

In a phone conversation with Brooks Tuesday, he expressed his love and concern for his daughter.

“This has all been blown way out of proportion,” said Brooks. “I love my daughter, she has been the bridge in my life since her mother’s death.”

According to police records, Brooks’ daughter was at the cemetery visiting her late mother’s grave on Saturday, May 9.

The young girl’s boyfriend allegedly became concerned for her safety and contacted Brooks to go check on her.

When Brooks arrived at the cemetery, according to the police report, he and his daughter got into a verbal argument that turned physical, resulting in multiple injuries to the young woman.

“I was just trying to get her in my truck,” said Brooks. “I was concerned for her safety.”

Brooks said his daughter has suffered periods of depression since her mother’s death two years ago.

Pending the results of the review, city leaders will determine whether or not Brooks will continue to be on paid suspension.