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

Forrest County Clean Up Day
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dixie Satellite Barn (11 Dixie Barn Rd)
Glendale Community Center (451 Monroe Road)
Pitts Road Rubbish Landfill (123 Pitts Rd.)
Barrontown Satellite Barn (695 Herrington Road)
Sunrise Community Soccer Fields (376 Sunrise Rd.)
McLaurin Satellite Barn (308 Carter Rd.)
Carnes Community Center (1193 Carnes Rd.)
Brooklyn Satellite Barn (2169 Carnes Rd.)

Click here for Details


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.


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-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.


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