Category: News & Updates

Mayor Gives Update on Water Bills and Water Meters
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Mayor Gives Update on Water Bills and Water Meters

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Feb. 28, 2024) – Mayor Barker gave an update on water bills and water meters during his weekly “Five Ways to Be Engaged” video on Instagram this week. In addition to the update, the administration will present a plan to change out meters for the city at Monday’s City Council work session.

Important Notice: Possible Receipt of Duplicate Water Bill
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Important Notice: Possible Receipt of Duplicate Water Bill

Important Notice: Possible Receipt of Duplicate Water Bill HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Feb. 21, 2024) – Due to a software error by our third-party printing company, Hattiesburg residents may receive a duplicate water bill in the mail for the most recent billing cycle. The duplicates were mailed on Feb. 14, 2024, to those along Route 1, affecting...

City Announces Safe Roads Hattiesburg Initiative
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City Announces Safe Roads Hattiesburg Initiative

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Feb. 15, 2024) – In an effort to prioritize the safety of our residents and visitors, Mayor Toby Barker announced the launch of a safety action plan for Hattiesburg’s transportation system. This initiative, called Safe Roads Hattiesburg, was made possible by a Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant that the city received...

Mayor Announces Chief Financial Officer for the City of Hattiesburg
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Mayor Announces Chief Financial Officer for the City of Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Jan. 30, 2024) – On Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, Mayor Toby Barker announced Malcolm Berch as the permanent Chief Financial Officer for the City of Hattiesburg.    Berch has worked for the city for nearly four years, most recently serving as interim chief financial officer. During that time, he was utilized in various departments,...

Mayor Gives Update on 7th Anniversary of 2017 Tornado
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Mayor Gives Update on 7th Anniversary of 2017 Tornado

On the eve of the 7th anniversary of the 2017 tornado, Mayor Toby Barker and the City of Hattiesburg extend condolences to affected families and offer an update on two of the public facilities that were damaged during that tragic event: Timberton Park and Fire Station 2. Status of Timberton ParkBids have been opened and...

City Seeks Public Input for 2024 RAISE Planning Grant Application
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City Seeks Public Input for 2024 RAISE Planning Grant Application

The City of Hattiesburg requests that Hattiesburg area residents take an online survey regarding the challenges of east-west travel inside the city. This questionnaire will be used as part of the city’s application for a planning grant under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity) program. If awarded, the...

City, Partners Give Mardi Gras Season Preview
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City, Partners Give Mardi Gras Season Preview

The city will introduce new Mardi Gras festivities, parades and cultural events in 2024. HATTIESBURG, Miss., (Jan. 16, 2024) – Today, Mayor Toby Barker and city officials gathered at City Hall to announce the electrifying lineup of events for the upcoming Mardi Gras season. The 2024 festivities promise to be more vibrant and memorable than...

Mayor Toby Barker Announces Next Chief of Police
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Mayor Toby Barker Announces Next Chief of Police

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Jan. 11, 2024) – On Monday, January 8, 2024, Mayor Toby Barker announced the appointment of Hardy Sims to serve as the next Chief of the Hattiesburg Police Department. Under Barker’s administration, he will lead the department of more than 150 officers and civilian employees. This decision comes shortly after current Chief Peggy...

City of Hattiesburg Launches Public Engagement Phase for a Proposal Involving Technology for First Responders
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City of Hattiesburg Launches Public Engagement Phase for a Proposal Involving Technology for First Responders

HATTIESBURG, Miss., – During the January 2, 2024, meeting of the Hattiesburg City Council, Mayor Toby Barker gave a presentation to the council to introduce three technology initiatives for the city’s first responders: drone-supported assistance for both fire and police, as well as camera-assisted support for the police department regarding ticketing school zone violations and uninsured drivers....

Hattiesburg’s Top Cop Announces Retirement
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Hattiesburg’s Top Cop Announces Retirement

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – After 36 years of service to the City of Hattiesburg with the Hattiesburg Police Department, including three as the City’s first female police chief, Peggy Sealy has announced her retirement for the end of January 2024. “This role has been more than an honor,” said Sealy. “When my career began in the...