Robert R. Latham Jr. was appointed to the position of MEMA Executive Director in January of 2012 by Gov. Phil Bryant. However, Latham is no stranger to MEMA having served as Executive Director from Feb. of 2000 through June 2006 where he managed the state’s preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts for 13 federal disaster declarations including Hurricane Katrina, our nation’s worst natural disaster. During this time he was also appointed to the position of Homeland Security Advisor a position he held from 2002 to 2004. He retired from MEMA in 2006 to enter the private sector where he used his emergency management experience to assist the federal government, state and local governments as well as private businesses on a wide variety of emergency management related issues.
Latham’s whole career is one of service to the public. A retired Sgt. Major in the Mississippi Army National Guard’s 1st Squadron, 108th Armored Cavalry he was also a volunteer firefighter for 22 years with the Senatobia Fire and Rescue. Latham also served as the Tate County Emergency Management Director from 1995 to 2000.
Latham and his wife, the former Charlotte Eoff, are both from Senatobia, Miss. and now reside in Rankin County. They have two sons, Robert III and Steven.