Lieutenant Colonel (R) Stephen C. McCraney was appointed as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency by Governor Tate Reeves on January 28, 2021. Before assuming the role of Executive Director, Mr. McCraney served as the agency’s Deputy Director and Chief of Staff since February 2016. During his tenure, he has led 18 federally declared disasters, eight emergency measures declarations, and numerous state emergencies—those disasters ranging from Hurricane Ida, the Jackson Water Crisis, and the March 24th tornadoes.
Mr. McCraney has extensive experience in responding to natural and man-made disasters in Mississippi. While serving 28 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, McCraney responded to Hurricane Katrina, the Smithville Tornado, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and the Mississippi River Flooding of 2011.
Mr. McCraney is a former Commander of the 47th Civil Support Team (WMD), Community Corrections Associate Director-Probation and Parole (MDOC), and a certified police officer who has worked in higher education, city, and state-level law enforcement positions. He brings to his position as an executive director over 38 years of experience in the Criminal Justice System, Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, first responder and disaster response. He received his Bachelor’s and Master of Social Science in Administration of Justice from Mississippi College.
He has been married to Sandra Kaye Champion for 37 years, and they have two children.