Commissioner Bill Brooks, aka Robert William Brooks DWI, Bankruptcies

Kootenai County Commissioner, William “Bill” Brooks

Driving While Intoxicated

Bill Brooks is a sitting County Commissioner in Kootenai County, Idaho. He is running again in 2020. He also goes by William Brooks, Robert W. Brooks, R.W. Brooks and Bill Brooks.

According to a report by Alaska State Trooper, Bradley A. Anderson, William Brooks was arrested on December 28, 1987, for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol (DWI). The Intoximeter 3000 registered .143, placing Brooks well above the Alaska maximum tolerable alcohol level.

The Officer’s complaint indicated that the vehicle crossed the center line into oncoming traffic by more than four feet with the vehicle nearly hitting the guardrail. Once stopped by police, Bill Brooks was unable to complete the field sobriety tests and could not repeat the alphabet.

The judgement and hearing record (page 3 of the above report), William Brooks was fined $500.00 with $250.00 suspended, ordered to not commit any similar violations for one year and to comply with alcohol screening processes. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail with all but 72 hours suspended.

It also appears that his drivers license was revoked for 90 days.


On March 9th, 2015, Bill Brooks also has filed for bankruptcy in Idaho. The Bankruptcy Court Case number is 15-20060. The court documents can be viewed here: BrooksBK-1, BrooksBK-2 & BrooksBK-3. Documents courtesy of

According to the above referenced court documents, total liabilities in the case totaled $373,117.60. Unsecured claims totaled $141, 576.00. Unsecured creditors can be viewed here: beginning on page 11.

Analysis & Opinion

William Brooks is known as a “consumer advocate.” William Brooks’ DWI combined with his credit card debt and subsequent bankruptcy seems to indicate a disregard for personal responsibility and accountability. His history should serve as a red flag to anyone seeking Mr. Brooks financial or consumer advice or those supporting him for public office.