Matt Dodd

Community Development Director


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Matthew Hinton

City Planner

Matthew Hinton joined the City of Brandon as city planner in January 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a master’s degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. Matthew earned a certificate of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from State before taking part in Auburn University’s Urban Studio Small Town Design Initiative. A native of Rankin County, he has returned home to Mississippi following three years of planning work in the Mobile, Alabama area. Matthew’s duties include code enforcement and zoning administration, as well as plan reviews and long-range planning.

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Building Official



Heather Parish

Code Enforcement Officer

Heather Parish joined the City of Brandon in the community development office in September 2015. She was a transfer from the City of Brandon Police Department where she served as a dispatcher. Her day-to-day duties include property maintenance inspections, rental inspections, and residential building inspection. Heather has completed training in the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code. She holds an associate’s degree from Hinds Community College in Criminal Justice and has previously worked as a correctional officer, dispatcher, and welding clerk.

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Lori Sarver

Office Manager

Lori Sarver joined the City of Brandon in the community development office in April 2017. She has over 15 years’ experience in office management and business administration. Her day-to-day duties include managing the office, processing permits, applications, complaints, and dispatching inspections. She is the main contact for the Office of Community Development and the person you will usually get on the phone. She can answer almost any question you might have regarding permitting and development services.

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