Chad LaFontaine - Executive Director
Chad LaFontaine started his tenure with Metro 4/SESARM on September 1, 2020 and officially became the Executive Director on October 1, 2020. Chad is a veteran air quality professional, having served for over 25 years with Mississippi's Department of Environmental Quality, the last three years as Chief of the Air Division. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and holds various certifications including with the Mississippi Board of Professional Engineers. Chad's duties include overall management of Metro 4/SESARM operations as well as communications, advocacy, and collaboration with member agencies and external partners.
Other Staff - Additional new staff and their respective responsibilities will be announced in coming months. Recently retired Executive Director John Hornback has been retained under a contractual arrangement to provide continued transition services through December 2020. These services will include providing assistance to tax, audit, grant closeout, and report efforts, training, the VISTAS regional haze project, and miscellaneous transition needs.