Embattled Shelby Commissioner Henri Brooks quits hospital job following parking space spat

Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks resigned as an associate at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, reports the Commercial Appeal, quoting Methodist spokeswoman Mary Alice Taylor.

Brooks faces a misdemeanor assault charge after a June 10 dispute over a parking space that ended in an accusation that Brooks threw water on a woman.

The case is set in court July 29.

Brooks is accused of throwing water on Liese Nichols in a parking lot at Methodist University Hospital. According to the police report, Nichols was attempting to back into a parking space when Brooks whipped past her and pulled into the spot. In an effort to avoid hitting Brooks, Nichols’ car jumped the curb and backed into a small tree, the report stated.

Since 2006, Brooks has worked as a community/government research specialist with Methodist’s Congregational Health Network its Faith and Health division, said Jeffrey D. Moder, director of strategic communications for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.

The lot Brooks was using is not designated for employees, Taylor said.

This incident happened shortly after the commissioner drew fire for controversial remarks to a Hispanic citizen during a County Commission meeting and for accusing another commissioner of being under a sheet, possibly a reference to the Ku Klux Klan.