Chris Vignes, Deputy Commissioner of External Affairs

As the Deputy Commissioner of External Affairs for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mr. Vignes oversees the Legislative Affairs Division, the Governmental Affairs Division, Marketing, and Public Relations.

Mr. Vignes most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Prior to joining the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mr. Vignes served as a Communications Specialist for Mississippi Power. He previously served as the Public Information Officer and Community Relations Manager for the City of Gulfport. Mr. Vignes previously worked in political consulting for 17 years.

Mr. Vignes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree from Jackson State University. He is also a graduate of the 2015 Class of Leadership Gulf Coast. Mr. Vignes was a recipient of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40 award for 2019 and was the 2018 Hall of Fame inductee for Coast Young Professionals.