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Department of Administration

The Department of Administration oversees the City Clerk/Tax Division, the Human Resources Division, the collection of Water and Sewer Accounts, Accounting, Information Technology, Risk Management/Loss Control, Parking Operations for the Downtown area and the Purchasing Division. 

City Clerk / Tax Division

The City Clerk/Tax Division is the office of records, voter registration, business licensing and garage sale permits.

Voter Registration: In conjunction with the Forrest County Circuit Clerk's Office, we have dual registration, which means you may register at either City Hall or the county Circuit Clerk's office for both Municipal and County/State/Federal elections. The City no long maintains a separate voter roll for Municipal Elections. All voter registration information is now obtained from the Circuit Clerk’s Office, which is now available from the new statewide voter registration system. We also have mail-in forms which may be obtained by calling 601.545.4550 or by contacting the Forrest County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 601.545.4069 or the Lamar County Circuit’s Office at 601.544.4410.

Privilege Tax Licenses: All business are required to procure a license to engage in business in the City. The basic information needed to obtain a license is the number of employees and/or the wholesale value of the inventory. Additional information may be needed for specific businesses such as pawn shops, contractors, etc.  Click here to print application.

Garage Sale Permits: Garage sale permits may be obtained after completing a brief application. The applicant must be the legal owner or occupant of the property where the sale will be held. Two sales per calendar year are allowed without a fee. Each permit, when issued, shall authorize a sale not to exceed two consecutive days and must occur only on the dates specified on the permit. No sales are allowed on Sunday or before 8 a.m.

Property Tax Information: City property taxes are collected by the county tax collector's office in the county in which the property is located. Questions regarding the payment of City taxes in Forrest County should be addressed to the Forrest County Tax Collector's Office 601.582.8228 and questions regarding the value of the property or homestead exemption in Forrest County should be addressed to the Forrest County Tax Assessor's Office 601.545.6130. Questions regarding the payment of City taxes and the value of the property or homestead exemption in Lamar County should be addressed to the Lamar County Tax Assessor/Collector's Office 601.544.4410 or 601.794.1020.

For further information regarding any service of the City Clerk/Tax Division, please call 601.545.4522, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or write to:

City Clerk/Tax Division
City of Hattiesburg
Post Office Box 1898
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1898

Human Resources

Human Resources accepts employment applications on a continuing basis, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the third floor of City Hall located at 200 Forrest Street. For a current listing of open positions, call 601.554.1022 or click on the link provided below. Applications remain active for six (6) months. Applications for the Police or Fire Training Academy are accepted only during advertised recruitment periods. The City of Hattiesburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment or advancing/promoting employees. Click here to see current positions available. Click here for an Employment Application to be personally returned to Human Resources or mailed to:

Human Resources Division
Post Office Box 1898
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1898


Water and Sewer Customer Accounts

The Water & Sewer Customer Accounts Office is located at 105 South Park Avenue, next to the Kamper Park and Zoo. There is a deposit for water service ($75.00 for residential and $125.00 and up for commercial) that can be paid by cash, check or credit card. For your convenience, water payments may be drafted from your checking or savings account or can be paid over the phone using a credit card. Payments may also be made in person at the address listed above. A drive-up window is available. Drop boxes are also available at the following locations: The Water & Sewer Customer Accounts office, Cloverleaf Mall, University Mall and City Hall downtown. Payments may also be mailed to:

Hattiesburg Water & Sewer
Post Office Box 1897
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1897

For further information regarding any service of the Water & Sewer Customer Accounts office, please call 601.545.4634, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The drive through window is open for payments from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As an information tool for citizens, the back of the City's water bill is being used to display messages about current events, topics of major importance and seasonal information. Please be sure to check your monthly bill for information that will be helpful and beneficial to you.

Pay your water bill online here.


Administration Phone Directory

Accounting - 601.545.4686
City Clerk/Tax Division - 601.545.4522
Human Resources - 601.545.4571
Information Technology - 601.545.4562
Loss Control/Safety - 601.545.6663
Parking Operations - 601.545.4654
Purchasing - 601.545.4513
Water/Sewer Customer Accounts - 601.545.4634



Lisa Hanson, Division Manager/Accounting
Kermas Eaton
, Division Manager/City Clerk & Tax Division

Gena Hopkins, Division Manager/Human Resources & Payroll

Angie Sanford, Division Manager/Information Technology

Trent Bland, Division Manager/Loss Control & Safety

Frances Griffin, Division Manager/Parking Operations/Water & Sewer Customer Accts/General Government Buildings

Verlina Underwood, Division Manager/Purchasing