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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - Embattled Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks is under investigation for possible residency discrepancies.

Her residency came into question Monday afternoon at a county commission by Commissioner Terry Roland and he called for her removal from office.

County attorney Marcy Ingram confirmed that an investigation into Commissioner Brooks is underway.

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The investigation stems from her county juvenile court clerk petition. She allegedly put down one residence on the petition but she lives apparently at another address.

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How do you from bad to worse? It's a question beleaguered Commissioner Brooks and her supporters must be asking themselves in the wake of a call for her ouster from office due to alleged residency discrepancies.

Her absence was noticeable an hour into a regular session Monday but, even when she arrived Commissioner Brooks received as cold a reception from her colleagues as someone invited to eat a bowl of day old mashed potatoes.

After sitting silent for about 20 minutes, she went over to converse with Commission Chairman James Harvey. Then after abstaining from a vote on a proposal for funding a school buildings study, Commissioner Roland pounced by reading a section of a county ordinance as Brooks stoically listened.

"Any county official who shall voluntarily remove his or her residence outside the election district from which elected or appointed shall forfeit that office immediately," Commissioner Roland read. "We have a commissioner that has done that."

Pandemonium briefly ensued as an ally of Brooks, Commissioner Walter Bailey sought to head off any further discussion of Brook's residency in open session. But, Roland persisted.

"If we allow this to be the precedent that is challenging other commissioners, there's not end to it," Commissioner Bailey said.

"We can do this one of two ways: We can continue to let the commissioner vote, but, I'm calling the vote, I'm calling the validity of the vote based on an investigation that's going on by the county attorney's office," Commissioner Roland said. "It can be thrown out at the end, then we can do like that or we can not let them vote now."

"I believe it's a matter of threatened litigation," Ingram added. "So, I would suggest that we go into executive session if you want to to know how you should proceed."

Before proceeding on with the regular agenda, Brooks was asked if she wanted to respond to Roland's allegation questioning her residency. Brooks would only say, why should she, since she never heard her name directly mentioned.

Commissioner Roland asserted if Commissioner Brooks had wittingly known she'd changed her residency then her votes on previous issues might be have to be voided.

There is no word on how it would effect the validity of her the information that she filed in running for Shelby County Juvenile Court clerk.

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