The Mississippi Executive Director of Employment Security
is an appointed state executive position in the Mississippi state government.
The Executive Director oversees the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), a federally funded state agency that became an Executive Office of the Governor in 2004.
The current officeholder is Mark Henry. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) in January 2012.
The position is established in Title 71, Chapter 5, Article 3 of Mississippi Code:
The department shall administer this chapter through a full-time salaried executive director, to be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. He shall be responsible for the administration of this chapter under authority delegated to him by the Governor.
The Executive Director of Employment Security is appointed by the Mississippi Governor and confirmed by the Mississippi State Senate.
The duties of the executive director are outlined in Title 71, Chapter 5, Article 3 of Mississippi Code:
It shall be the duty of the executive director to administer this chapter; and the executive director shall have the power and authority to adopt, amend or rescind such rules and regulations, to employ such persons, make such expenditures, require such reports, make such investigations, and take such other action as he deems necessary or suitable to that end. Such rules and regulations shall be effective upon publication in the manner, not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, which the executive director shall prescribe. The executive director shall determine the department's own organization and methods of procedure in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, and shall have an official seal which shall be judicially noticed. Not later than the first day of February in each year, the executive director shall submit to the Governor a report covering the administration and operation of this chapter during the preceding fiscal year and shall make such recommendations for amendments to this chapter as the executive director deems proper. Whenever the executive director believes that a change in contribution or benefit rates will become necessary to protect the solvency of the fund, he shall promptly so inform the Governor and the Legislature, and make recommendations with respect thereto.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2012, the Mississippi Executive Director of Employment Security was paid an estimated $122,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.
Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Office of the Governor
1235 Echelon Parkway
P.O. Box 1699
Jackson, MS 39215-1699
- ↑ Mississippi Department of Employment Security, "About Us," accessed October 8, 2011
- ↑ Y'all Politics, "Bryant transitions to governor," January 12, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Mississippi Code "§ 71-5-107," Accessed December 24, 2012
- ↑ Mississippi Code "§ 71-5-115," Accessed December 24, 2012