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April 11, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour has reappointed David Wickens, of Florence, to the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention (SICC), whose mission is to assist the Mississippi Department of Health and other agencies on matters dealing with early intervention for children with developmental disabilities, especially infants and toddlers.


“David’s commitment to this council as an at-large member has been outstanding, and I appreciate his willingness to continue promoting early intervention so developmentally challenged children can have a better chance at improving their educational and skill levels, as well as enhancing their quality of life,” Governor Barbour said.


The SICC is statutorily required to consist of parents, public and private providers, a member of the Mississippi legislature, and a member from one of the state’s eight institutions of higher learning, as well as representation from other state agencies involved in early intervention and health insurance.


Wickens is an emergency management specialist at the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Prior to this position, he served as an environmental specialist at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, where he worked for 14 years. Wickens, who served on active duty in the U.S. Navy as well as in the U.S. Army, works with the County Line Food Pantry to serve families in Rankin and Simpson Counties. Additionally, he is actively involved in Keep Mississippi Beautiful/People Against Litter, who has recognized his outstanding community service.


A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Wickens holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the university. He is married to Cheri, and Wickens has five children: Michael, Faith, Alexis, Emma, and DJ.