Commission On Environmental Quality

The Commission on Environmental Quality is empowered to formulate department policy, enforce rules and regulations, receive funding, conduct studies for using the state’s resources, and discharge duties, responsibilities and powers as necessary.

The seven members are appointed by the Governor–one from each 1978 Congressional District and two at-large.  The members serve staggered, seven-year terms, and advice and consent of the Senate is required.

The next meeting of the Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality is Thursday, April 25th, 9am.


Chair: Patrick L. Johnson, Jr. (First District)

Vice Chair: Jamie Planck McRee (Fourth District)

Jack Winstead (Third District)

Brenda Lathan (Second District)

John Dane III (Fifth District)

Chat Phillips (At-Large)

W.J. (Billy) Van Devender (At-Large)

The Commission routinely meets at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the MDEQ Jackson Office.

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
515 E. Amite Street
Jackson, MS 39201

To verify meeting dates and location,
call (601) 961-5001.