JACKSON, Mississippi – Kay Whittington, veteran staff member of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and current chief of basin management, has been named director of the Office of Land and Water Resources.
She is currently chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division
Whittington replaces Richard Ingram who retires Oct. 31.
MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher selected Whittington, citing her extensive of knowledge and experience “experience in all aspects of our state’s water resources.”
“Kay is already working with the Office Land and Water Resources on numerous water issues and through her work over the years has established key relationships with stakeholders all across the state,” Fisher said.
Whittington has been with MDEQ for 16 years and has served as chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division since 2009.
Through the Basin Management Program Kay has focused on identifying the highest priority water resources issues as well as protecting and restoring “high priority water bodies,” the agency says.
Whittington earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on water resources. She is a licensed professional engineer and a board certified environmental engineer.
The soon-to-retire Richard Ingram is a 21-year veteran of MDEQ and specialized in water-related programs. He held a variety of positions at the agency including MDEQ special projects administrator, statewide manager of the Basin Management Program, and statewide manager of Drinking Water Assessment and Protection Programs.