Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality

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Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Mississippi Annotated Code, Title 49, Chapter 2
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Trudy Fisher
Assumed office:  2007
Compensation:  $120,386
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The Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality is a state executive position in the Mississippi state government.

The Executive Director oversees the Department of Environmental Quality, which was created in 1989 to replace the Department of Natural Resources.[1] The department is charged with protecting the environment, administering most U.S. EPA programs, monitors, models, and regulates water use and functions as the state geological survey.[2]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Trudy Fisher. She was appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2007.

Authority

In 1989, the Mississippi State Legislature created the Department of Environmental Quality which replaced the Department of Natural Resources.[3]

The position is established in Title 49, Chapter 2 of Mississippi Code:[4]

The department shall be headed by an executive director who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The appointment of the executive director shall be made with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Qualifications

The qualifications for this position are highlighted in Title 49, Chapter 2 of Mississippi Code:[4]

A master's degree in a field related to natural resources, and at least six (6) years' full-time experience in natural resources, including at least three (3) years of management experience; or A bachelor's degree in a field related to natural resources or administration and at least eight (8) years of full-time work in the field of natural resources, including four (4) years of management experience

Appointments

The Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality is appointed by the governor.

Duties

The duties of the Executive Director are outlined on the Department of Environmental Quality's website:

...manages a staff of more than 400 and a budget of over $250 million. MDEQ is responsible for protecting the state’s environment and administers most of the U. S. EPA programs, including air, water and waste management activities; monitors, models, and regulates water use; and functions as the state geological survey.[5]

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Organizational Chart as of March 2013.

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality was paid an estimated $120,386. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Contact information

Department Address
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, MS 39225

Phone: 601-961-5171
Toll Free: 888-786-0661
Fax: 601-961-5794

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