Deanne Mosley (BPA 91, JD 94) has accomplished many things throughout her career, but what has remained constant is her dedication and passion for public service.
“I knew from an early age that I was very interested in public service and the opportunity to give back and make our state better,” said Mosley.
Growing up in Meridian, Mosley had several opportunities throughout high school to be involved with the city’s government.
“I saw how you could really make a difference as a public servant whether it was at the community, state or national level,” she said.
That drive to make a difference and commitment to service has guided Mosley from practicing law in the private sector to her current position as executive director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board (MSPB).
“I think it’s good to have experience in the private sector if you’re working in public service. It really gives you a broader experience base to pull from,” she said.
Mosley knew early on in her legal studies at Ole Miss that she wanted to establish a career in the public sector.
“Two of the most influential people that encouraged me were Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy (LLB 43) and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat (BAEd 61, JD 66) who was professor Khayat at the time,” said Mosley.
Mosley had the honor of meeting Gandy while she was a visiting professor at the UM School of Law and according to Mosley was known for influencing many of her students.
“She was the type of person who would encourage anyone to follow what they believed was the way they could give back the most. We stayed in touch after I finished law school and she would often call me just to see how I was doing and offer advice and support,” said Mosley.
Upon receiving her JD in 1994, Mosley was working in private practice in Meridian when she received a call from the state attorney general’s office in 1998 asking if she would be interested in working with them.
Mosley jumped at the chance and stayed with the state attorney general’s office until 2004 when she decided to briefly return to private practice in Jackson.
Mosley accepted the position of MSPB Chief of Staff in 2009 leading up to her current appointment as executive director.
“It’s an honor to serve as MSPB Executive Director, and I am grateful to the Board and Gov. Phil Bryant for giving me the opportunity to serve. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a great deal and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” said Mosley.
Mosley has been recognized by her peers with numerous honors including Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, Fellow of the Young Lawyers Division of the Bar and Chair of the Mississippi Government Law Section.
Mosley attributes her success to those that have influenced her and helped her along the way.
“I really think of those honors as a tribute to all the people who have helped me,” said Mosley. “One of my favorite sayings I heard in high school is if you see a turtle sitting on a fencepost you know it didn’t get there by itself.”
While Mosley is uncertain where the future might lead her career, she is committed to being a public servant and seizing every opportunity that comes her way.
“If you had told me even two years ago that I would be the executive director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board I probably would have told you no,” said Mosley. “I would encourage anybody to consider every opportunity that presents itself because none of us really know where we’re going to go.”