Mississippi Executive Director of Employment Security

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Mississippi Executive Director of Employment Security
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Mississippi Code, Title 71, Chapter 5, Article 3
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate
Current Officeholder

Mark Henry.jpg
Name:  Mark Henry
Assumed office:  January 9, 2012
Compensation:  $122,000
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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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mark Henry. He was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) in January 2012.[2]


The position is established in Title 71, Chapter 5, Article 3 of Mississippi Code:[3]

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.[3]


The duties of the executive director are outlined in Title 71, Chapter 5, Article 3 of Mississippi Code:[4]

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.

Contact information

Mississippi Department of Employment Security
Office of the Governor
1235 Echelon Parkway
P.O. Box 1699
Jackson, MS 39215-1699
Phone: 601-321-6000

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