|Headline:||Brent Warr, Owner and President of Warr Properties since 1981|
|Description:||Former Gulfport, Mississippi, Mayor Brent Warr has served as owner and President of Warr Properties since 1981. In this capacity, he oversees day-to-day operations of the real estate firm, including the redevelopment and purchase of residential, commercial, and historical buildings, as well as land parcels. Brent Warr also handles lease agreements, collaborating with local government agencies to obtain land use and construction permits.|
Brent Warr won mayoral elections for the City of Gulfport in May 2005, just weeks prior to the onset of Hurricane Katrina in August. Warr was quick to react to the disaster, utilizing some unconventional methods to ensure that rescue efforts continued in full force. Interviewed in a September 2005 article in the Washington Post (By Hook or by Crook, Surviving Storm, written by Sally Jenkins), Warr outlined how he and his police chief were forced to appropriate a fuel transport to deliver fuel to beleaguered rescue vehicles. He has also been featured in the Mississippi newspaper Sun Herald several times.
In addition to his duties at Warr Properties, Brent Warr also acts as President of Environmental Protection Systems (EPS). In 2010, EPS installed a marshland protection system made out of recycled fabric to keep contaminants from the 2010 Gulf oil spill from polluting Jackson County, Mississippi, marshlands.
Warr often receives invitations to speak on disaster response and preparedness, both in his capacity as a principal at EPS and as former Mayor of Gulfport. In May 2007, he participated in a panel discussion at the Third Annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum called “Leadership, Infrastructure and the Urban Future.”