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

                                                                 September 3, 2019

                           Forrest County Comptroller Penny Steed, makes a presentation to the Public and the 
                                        Board of Supervisors detailing the upcoming FY’20 Budget.

                                                Select link below to display Budget details:
                                                  Forrest County FY’20 Budget (PDF)


                                             Forrest County Farmer’s Market 

                     1200 Corinne Street, on block off Broadway Drive, Hattiesburg, MS
                                7am – Noon  Wednesdays & Saturdays, year-round
                       Local vendors in an enclosed indoor space offering Gifts, Art, Crafts,
                      Furniture, Toys, Fresh produce in all seasons and Ready-to-eat items.




July 1, 2019

The Board of Supervisors publicly commended Quitman Griffin with a Proclamation for his decades of service as a
member of the Tax Assessor’s office upon the occasion of his retirement.

Quitman has been employed with the Tax Assessor’s office since October 21, 1981. Pictured with Quitman is his
wife Donna and their grandson.


                            December 17, 2018

Zach Vaughn was elected as the new Forrest County Justice Court
Judge, Post 2,  Vaughn, co-founder of Vaughn Law Firm in Petal, has
served as deputy prosecuting attorney for the 10th Judicial District
of Arkansas, as well as Assistant District Attorney for the 12th Judicial
District of Mississippi. Vaughn, who owns Vaughn Law firm with his
wife, Jessica, will take over for the retiring Pat Causey.


May 2018
Supervisor David Hogan performs the ribbon cutting at the Dixie Community Center
Little Library dedication.   The project originated when Shirley Carter reached out to
David Hogan about creating an honor system library at the Community Center.
The library will run as an honor system where kids will be able to take books and bring
them back, or donate books.



November 20, 2017

The Board of Supervisors recognized Petal School District, it’s Superintendent, staff,
students and their families for achieving the 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
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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


  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.




   Forrest County Board of SupervisorsChris Bowen-District 5,  Rod Woullard-District 4, Burkett Ross-District 3
Charles Marshall-Vice President-District2,  David Hogan-President-District 1