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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2008

 

GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS HIATT TO PAT HARRISON WATERWAY DISTRICT BOARD

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi) — Governor Haley Barbour appointed Rex A. Hiatt, of Meridian, as a board member of the Pat Harrison Waterway District, which is responsible for managing the rivers and their tributaries along the Pascagoula River Basin in Southeastern and East Central Mississippi.

 

“Rex is highly qualified and I am delighted that he is willing to serve our citizens in this capacity,” Governor Barbour said.

 

The eighteen-member board serves four-year terms and they focus on three specific areas; flood control, water management, and recreation. The agency operates a total of 9 water parks with recreational facilities including cabins, R.V. Camping sites, water slides, boat launches, shelters and lodge halls, nature trails, etc. These water parks are located adjacent to reservoirs and rivers.

 

Hiatt is a retired Lauderdale County Administrator, where he served 22 years. He is also a past president of the Mississippi Association of County Administrators. Most recently he was the Director of Administration for United Blood Services.

 

Active in his community, Hiatt is the secretary of the North Meridian Optimist Club and is Past President of the Lauderdale County Boys and Girls Club. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Hiatt and his wife, Brenda, have one adult son and one granddaughter.