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Director of the Office of Scheduling and Advance

Samantha Hebert is the Director of the Office of Scheduling and Advance.

Samantha Hebert is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with approximately two decades of work experience in retail management, government, and political campaigns. She worked in various positions at Express in Louisiana and Mississippi from 1999 to 2006, including store manager, sales manager, and loss prevention specialist. From 2006 to 2008 she worked at the Mississippi Public Service Commission, and from 2009 to 2010 she worked at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus. From 2010 to 2013 she worked at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as a contractor, and from 2013 to 2016 she worked at Ad.In Design, which is an advertising and marketing firm.

Samantha Hebert, in 2016, was the Mississippi field director for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In 2017 she worked for Republican candidates on local campaigns in Mississippi.

Sources: [Department of the Interior, accessed 10/17/18, Samantha Hebert Eubanks Resume, Department of the Interior, accessed 10/17/18, and the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 Contract Worker Database, accessed 10/17/18]

Political Connections

Samantha Hebert was the Mississippi field director for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and has worked on mayoral and city council campaigns for Republicans in Mississippi.

Samantha Hebert, in 2016, was the Mississippi field director and grassroots coordinator in Florida for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as well as a “member of [the] SEC Strike Team,” which she says “traveled across the country during the primary.”

In 2016 and 2017 she was the campaign manager for Republican Dane Maxwell, who was elected mayor of Pascagoula, MS, and in 2017 she was the campaign manager for Republican Darwin Nelson, who was elected mayor of Lucedale, MS. In 2017 she also worked on the campaign of Republican Jennifer Colmer, who was elected to the Pascagoula City Council.

Source: [Samantha Hebert Eubanks Resume, Department of the Interior, accessed 10/17/18]

 

Other Information

When Samantha Hebert worked at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources she got caught up in a scandal in which “Executive Director Bill Walker’s neighbors, his daughter-in-law, local politicians and relatives of other employees” were given sketchy contracts. She was forced to pay thousands of dollars in restitution.

Samantha Hebert, from October 2010 to February 2013, worked as a videographer at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR).

The DMR gave “jobs to Executive Director Bill Walker’s neighbors, his daughter-in-law, local politicians and relatives of other employees, state records show.” The contracts were “not advertised to the general public.” Walker said DMR Public Relations Director Lauren Thompson “hired Samantha Hebert, the sister of Tina Shumate, DMR’s director of coastal management.” Hebert worked “under contract as a videographer,” and was paid $98,080, according to the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 contract worker database. As a result of her role in the scandal, Hebert landed up owing “civil restitution of $4,726.”

Shumate was also “scrutinized in a federal audit for using grant money for DMR’s purchase of her parents’ Pascagoula property.”

Sources: [Samantha Hebert Eubanks Resume, Department of the Interior, accessed 10/17/18, Karen Nelson and Anita Lee, “Connections: Neighbors, relatives and politicians land DMR jobs in South Mississippi,” The Biloxi Sun Herald, 12/23/12, Anita Lee, “Auditor still mum on DMR case, but restitution dollars trickling in,” The Biloxi Sun Herald, 06/29/14, and the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act of 2008 Contract Worker Database, accessed 10/17/18]