DA employee canvass
On Monday morning, January 25, 2021, detectives spoke to employees in the District Attorney's office to learn more about the cases Spenser Brooks was working on and his relationships with his co-workers.
The interviews summarized are some of the most typical or relevant to the investigation and are representative of all interviews conducted.
Ms. Brittingham said she noticed friction between Jill Ross and Spenser Brooks simply because Ross made it so obvious. One of the big reasons for the friction was Ross's jealousy of Brooks after losing the election to him. Brittingham said Ross wanted to be district attorney so badly that the hatred in her eyes was there for all to see.
Brittingham believes Ross's jealousy contributed to the tension over Brooks's hardline approach to prosecuting underage drinkers. She said there were plenty of heated discussions in the office about the policy, both between Brooks and Ross and among other staff members.
Brittingham noted that she had fielded multiple angry phone calls from a local attorney, Louis Watson, who is furious about prosecutions against liquor store owners. She also handled angry calls from Alderman Gene Collins and his attorneys, who are upset about leaks to the media suggesting Collins is being investigated for corruption. When asked if Collins is the subject of any active investigations, Brittingham said she didn't know because that kind of thing is "above her pay grade." She said she simply took the messages and passed them on to Brooks.
Brittingham said she never talked with Brooks about anything other than what work dictated. She wasn’t interested in personal discussions, and neither was he.
However, she noted that she was driving to Holly Springs one afternoon and saw Brooks driving in the opposite direction with a woman in his car who wasn't his wife. Brittingham said she couldn't see the woman clearly, but she did see long blonde hair, which is how she knew it definitely wasn't Mrs. Brooks because she has dark brown hair. Brittingham said she didn't know why Brooks and the blonde woman were in a car together, and she didn't want to know.