Mayor Brooks is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky, and an engineering graduate of the University of Alabama. He moved to Central Florida in 1986 and to Belle Isle in 1995. Bill has been Mayor since 2001, having served previously as City Commissioner. He and his wife Candee are proud parents of three young children. The family worships God at the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando. He is a professional civil engineering consultant.
In 2007, Mayor Brooks served as a member of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission's Blue Ribbon Panel of Transportation Experts preparing recommendations to the Secretary, Administration and Congress on the future needs and financing of the nation's surface transportation system.
Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities and is the Board liaison to its Transportation Infrastructure and Services Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Cities and remains serving as a founding Board Member of the Florida League of Mayors. He is also Past President and is a Board Member of the Tri-County League of Cities, and serves on the Municipal Advisory Committee of Metroplan Orlando. He is also a Member and past President of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida.
He previously served as President of the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, Chairman of the (Orlando) Mayor’s Martin Luther King Holiday Commission, and as a Board member of the Downtown Orlando Partnership, and the Harry P. Leu Botanical Gardens. He is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class of 1989.
Mayor Brooks is a leading advocate for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) supporting efforts to find a treatment and cure the genetic tumor disease Neurofibromatosis, or NF. NF affects more than 125,000 Americans, making NF more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease and Tay Sachs combined.
He is Chairman of “Racing for Research” which seeks sponsorships and donations to support the “NF Heroes” and the CTF / Farnbacher Loles Porsche Racing Team car in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona each January to fund the CTF’s Drug Discovery Initiative. Each year, Mayor Brooks asks his colleagues in cities and counties across the country to join Belle Isle and the nation in proclaiming May as NF Awareness Month.
Mayor Brooks' official page can be found here.