Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality
|Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||Serves at the governor's pleasure|
|Authority:||Mississippi Annotated Code, Title 49, Chapter 2|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Other Mississippi Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Executive Director of Environmental Quality • Executive Director of Employment Security • Public Service Commission|
The Executive Director oversees the Department of Environmental Quality, which was created in 1989 to replace the Department of Natural Resources. 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.
The position is established in Title 49, Chapter 2 of Mississippi Code:
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.
The qualifications for this position are highlighted in Title 49, Chapter 2 of Mississippi Code:
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
The Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality is appointed by the governor.
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.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Post Office Box 2261
Jackson, MS 39225
Toll Free: 888-786-0661
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, "History," accessed October 8, 2011
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, "Executive Director," accessed October 8, 2011
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality "History," Accessed December 24, 2012
- Mississippi Code "§ 49-2-4," Accessed December 24, 2012
- Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality "Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality," Accessed December 24, 2012