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.

Because there are no matters requiring Commission action this month, please be advised that
the March 23, 2023,meeting of the Commission on Environmental Quality has been cancelled.
The next Commission meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2023.


Chair: Brenda Lathan (Second District)

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

Jack Winstead (Third District)

Jamie Planck McRee (Fourth 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.