Forrest County Board of Supervisors

Welcome to the County’s website.

Forrest County is located in south central Mississippi approximately 100 miles south of the State Capital, Jackson.  The County is a dynamic, growing center for business, population and learning.

Two universities are based in Forrest County:  University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.  There are also two colleges:  Antonelli College and Pearl River Community College.

The County is served by interstate 59 (New Orleans to Meridian) and Highway 49 (Gulfport to Jackson) as well as Highway 98 (Mobile to Columbia).  Hattiesburg, where the county offices are located, is therefore known as the Hub City.

There is also an excellent Medical facility:  Forrest General Hospital.

The population for Forrest County, Mississippi is 74,934. (Census 2010). Greater Hattiesburg MSA Regional Profile – click here

Switchboard:  (601) 545-6000

January 16, 2018: The 10th Chancery Court District Co-Parenteing Class scheduled for
tonight  at 5:45pm at the  Forrest County Chancery Courthouse in Hattiesburg has been
cancelled due to weather conditions.
If you were signed up to come to this class, you will be automatically rescheduled for
the next class on  Februdary 20, 2018 at 5:45.  If you have any problems or questions,
text or call the Parenting Class Coordinator Barbie Parham at 601 606-4979.


November 20, 2017

The Board of Supervisors recognized Petal School District, its Superintendent, staff, students
and their families for achieving the a ranking of the No. 1 school district in the State of Mississippi.
Petal was one of only 15 districts in the state to achieve an A rating by the Mississippi Department
of Education.
David Hogan presented the award to Superintendent Matt Dillon.


Dist 5 VFD(Click to enlarge)

October 19, 2017
The Board of Supervisors inspect a new Firetruck received by the Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department.
The truck is a Peterbilt 1,000 gallon pumper with a 1,250 GPM (gallons per minute) pump.
This truck replaces their previous 17 year old truck that was totaled in a 2016 wreck.
With the help of an insurance settlement and a $50,000 contribution from the county’s general fund,
the fire department financed the remaining balance of $48,000.


 penny02 September 4, 2017

Penny Steed, Forrest County Comptroller gave a Fiscal Year ’18 Budget presentation
at the Forrest County Board Meeting.  The budget stands at $78.675 million, which consists of $55.498 million
in total revenue and a beginning cash balance of  $23.177 million.

President David Hogan stated the Board was proud there would be no tax increase this year.
There is approximately $22 million in new growth in the county, and those businesses and taxes
will be on the tax rolls, so we’ll benefit.

Terri5 June 21, 2017

The Board of Supervisors presented Terri Smith with a Proclamation recognizing her for decades of
service with the Forrest County Tax Collector’s office and her upcoming retirement June 30, 2017.
Terri has served Forrest County since January 2, 1992.


Floodplain, Stormwater, Subdivisions


election-commison2-2017 election-commisson-2017January 3, 2017
Forrest County Chancery Clerk, Jimmy C. Havard, swears in the newly elected
Forrest County, MS Election Commissioners.

Tyler Wood, District 1 Commissioner
Barbara Johnson, District 2 Commissioner
Lucretia Sug Jenkins, District 3 Commissioner
Nancy Faye Noble, District 4 Commissioner
Sue Polk, District 5 Commissioner



Board Presentation FY17                                                                                                                                                                                                                (click image)                                                                                                                                                                                                          September 6, 2016 The Forrest County Board of Supervisors conducted a Public Hearing for the upcoming FY17 Budget. Penny Steed, Forrest County Financial Officer,  presented a Powerpoint presentation of the Proposed Budget and Proposed Tax Levies for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017 for Forrest County.

 FY17 Budget in PDF       FY17 Budget in Powerpoint ___________________________________________________________________________


Bolton proclamationJune, 6, 2016

The Board of Supervisors presented Charles Bolton with a proclamation for his 15 years of service at the Forrest County General Hospital.  Charles has served for 15 years on the Forrest General Hospital Board of Trustees.


DSCN2097 May 2, 2016 The Forrest County Board of Supervisors, adopted a Proclamation Honoring CLINT MARTIN, Pine Belt Aviation Artist Nationally Acclaimed for Artwork Depicting World War II African-American Pilots Tuskegee Airmen.



DSCN2072January 4, 2016 The Forrest County Board of Supervisors, swearing in ceremony.




Terry Steed Retirement(click image)

May 4, 2015 Terry Steed,  former Forrest County Emergency Management Agency Director was honored by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting with a Commemoration plaque for his recent retirement. Terry has served as the Director since 1994.

————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Rawls Springs     McLaurin FT BOS Fire Trucks

March 16,2015

      The Rawls Springs and McLaurin Volunteer Fire Department both received new Fire Trucks prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting Monday.

The trucks were purchased in part by a rural fire truck acquisition assistance program along with matching grants from the county, and with fire department insurance rebate programs. The acquisition of these new fire trucks help the VFD’s to keep lower fire insurance ratings.



jc award  jc award01 February 18, 2014 The Board of Supervisors recognized the Forrest County Justice Court for receiving the “County of the Year Excellence Award” presented February 5, 2014, by the Justice Court Clerks Association Annual JCCA Winter Conference,  for 30 years of public service, 1984 – 2014.



CarnesVFD1   Carnes VFD2

December 16, 2013 The Forrest County Board of Supervisors, accept the delivery of a new 2013 Ford F 550 Rescue / Brush Truck. The 300 Gallon Water Tanker will be used by the Carnes Volunteer Fire Department.


    Mr King and Mr Marshall

June 3, 2013 Tom King, Southern District Transportation Commissioner presents Charles Marshall, District 2 Supervisor, with a check for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for the Rawls Springs Recreation Center Expansion. The grant total is $300,000 and the county will be required to give a 20 percent match.  Grant money will be used to expand the existing park facility at Rawls Springs, which will include a walking path, lighting, benches, bicycle racks and other amenities.  The completed project will form a larger park that will create a safe, functional and attractive area for local residents and visitors along with forming a pedestrian connection to Rawls Springs Road.



    Brooklyn Sewer Project – Findings – enlarge





JAUARY 28, 2013


 elections2  January 7, 2013. The Forrest County Election Commissioners were sworn in today at the  Forrest County Board of Supervisors meeting.
chief bolton award Chief Charles Bolton is presented with the 2012 Forrest County Officer of the Year Award. This award is presented annually to the law enforcement and firefighters by the Hattiesburg Exchange Club. November 5, 2012
 petal football game  “Taking part in the Pre-Game Activities at the September 27th Oak Grove vs Petal football game, are Congressman Steven Palazzo- MS 4th Congressional District, District 4 Supervisor Lamar County- Phillip Carlisle, and District 3 Supervisor Forrest County- Burkett Ross”.
 littleleague8-9-12 The Board of Supervisors recognized and commended the Hattiesburg Americans 8 year old baseball team for reaching the championship game of the 2012 Dixie Youth Regional World Series in Searcy, Arkansas. The team won 6 of 9 games played over a 3 day span. Prior to reaching the World Series, the Americans amassed an undefeated record of 21-0 and won the State Tournament held in Magee.Team Members: Joey Acosta, Matthew Adams, Jermel Ford, Timothy Hunt, Antonio Johnson, Nick Lee, Collin Necaise, Levi Odom,Landon Scott, Channing Ware, Luke Wiest and Blake Wilberding. Coaches: Jay Acosta, Mark Necaise, Dontae Scott and Cliff Wilberding.
 dixie youth baseball eam 7-30-2012  July 30, 2012.The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted to help sponsor the Hattiesburg Dixie Boys 13 Year Old baseball Team and assist with a contribution for their travel expense as they represent Mississippi in the World Series. The World Series will be held in Christiansburg, Virginia and the team will depart Hattiesburg on Thursday, August 2, 2012.
 fcs June 25, 2012.The Forrest County Board of Supervisors and other officials recently had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Forrest County Community Shelter.The facility is 10,000 square feet with a capacity of 882 people during an emergency. It is designed to protect for 36 hours and withstand 200 mph winds.Cost of the project was funded by a 2.1 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant and administered by MEMA. FEMA picked up 95% of the cost, with the county covering the remaining 5%. The facility is located off U.S. Highway 49 near the county’s Multi-Purpose Center.

   Forrest County Board of Supervisors Chris Bowen-District 5,    Rod Woullard-District 4   Burkett Ross District 3, Charles Marshall-Vice President-District 2,   David Hogan- President-District 1