Governor Names Experienced Natural Resources Attorney to
From: Office of the Governor Filed 12/08/06
(JACKSON, Mississippi) Governor Haley Barbour today named Trudy D. Fisher,
an experienced attorney in natural resources, energy and environmental
law, to lead the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as
Fisher, who previously served as MDEQ's General Counsel, will replace
Executive Director Charles Chisolm, who has announced his retirement,
effective January 31, 2007.
"Trudy did an outstanding job during her previous service with the
Department of Environmental Quality and I know she will provide strong
leadership going forward," Governor Barbour said.
Fisher, 46, is the daughter of Yolanda and the late Sam S. Fisher of
Fisher is a partner with the Jackson-based Brunini, Grantham, Grower &
Hewes firm. She chairs Brunini's Regulatory Department and co-chairs the
firm's Environmental Practice Group. Fisher earned a bachelor of science
degree from Mississippi University for Women in 1982 and her juris doctor
degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1985, where she
served as editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Law Journal.
Fisher has been repeatedly recognized by her peers as one of the Best
Lawyers in America and the Mississippi Business Journal selected her as
one of Mississippi's 50 Leading Business Women, in recognition of the
environmental legal services she has provided. She is Past President of
the Mississippi Bar Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental
Law, and Past President of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Central Mississippi and is active in other civic and charitable
"I look forward to embarking upon this exciting new chapter in my career.
I will continue my efforts to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of
Mississippians and work to insure environmentally sound economic
development," Fisher said.