As a pioneer of new ideas, Connie Rockco's experience and innovation have helped to establish her as a visionary.  Her career decisions have made a positive impact for women of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and her dedication to the citizens of Harrison County District 5 positions her as a true renaissance leader for a new era.  Connie’s varied professional and life experiences give her the skills necessary for success in serving the citizens of Harrison County.  Throughout Rockco's career she has made what appears impossible, possible.

Connie Rockco graduated from Mathiston Lion Consolidated High School and went into respiratory therapy at Sunflower County Hospital. At the young age of 19, Rockco's bold innovation started the first Respiratory Therapy Department on the Coast for Hancock Medical Center.  While working at Hancock General, she attended night school at Stennis Space Center and became the first female medic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She also attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Connie married and began raising her three children and felt it important to stay home with them.  From home, Connie managed a singing telegram business that developed into providing decorating for conventions, advertising, marketing, and special event delivery business for her clients.

Rockco's experience as a small business owner has endeared her to fellow business owners. Rockco says, "I was a small business owner, my husband is a business owner and two of my daughters are business owners.  Therefore, I have a special place in my heart for those of us who work hard, follow the rules and pay our taxes."

Shortly after selling her entertainment business Rockco embarked on another career as the first manager, promoter, and fundraiser for the Biloxi Seafood Museum.  Along with her management duties she established such fundraising events as the Seafood Festival, Seafood Museum Draw Down and she orchestrated selling of planks to create the two Biloxi Schooners.

As a county employee, Rockco wrote the legislation and grants to develop the first Beautification and Environmental Commission, in the state of Mississippi in 1988.  In 1989 she incorporated Harrison County and all five cities to Keep America Beautiful program.  She served as the Director for 12 years and became an expert in environmental standards and established the first programs to recycle Christmas trees, telephone books and newspapers.  Educating school children and adults about recycling and litter control, her programs led to the largest curbside recycling program in the southeast. She established new environmental programs in Harrison county such as:

  • Household Hazardous waste day
  • Numerous recycling programs
  • Established "Adopt a Roadway" program and "Adopt a Median" Program
  • Certified Harrison County and all 5 cities as "Keep America Beautiful"
  • Transplanting the oaks onto Preservation Park
  • Led cleanup programs across the three Mississippi coastal counties

As Harrison County Supervisor, she has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for the citizens of Harrison County District.  Six months after Hurricane Katrina, Connie Rockco was voted the first republican female elected to the position of President of the Board of Supervisors, solidifying her as a true groundbreaker.

Rockco was elected three times by the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to serve on their Legislative Committee. This committee lobbies the Legislature to secure necessary funding for local governments and tries to insure no non-funded mandates are passed down to the local tax payers. She also served as the President of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors. Rockco was the first woman and the first Harrison County Supervisor to serve on this committee and to be elected as an officer of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and serves on the executive board and is Chair of the Vision Committee.

She has served on Governor Barbour’s BP Vision for Recovery Commission and on Governor Phil Bryant’s Go Coast commission. Ms. Rockco currently chairs the five state National Association of Counties BP recovery task force, which recently became a caucus. She is an appointment on the National Environmental task force created by the Department of Interior. Rockco was selected by the Center of International Policy to visit Cuba, to discuss civil defense and economic development.

Mrs. Rockco could be called a pioneer of our time making history and changing history for women. Almost every career path she chose was a first, sometimes for women and sometimes for our county and state. Her present and past career paths are as listed:

  • Supervisor Rockco is currently serving her fourth term as Supervisor District five and is serving as President of the Board of Supervisors for the third time
  • 1st woman elected to Harrison County Board of Supervisors
  • 1st woman elected as president of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors; three-time board president
  • 1st woman to serve two terms as President of Council of Governments
  • 1st woman to serve on the Harrison County Utility Authority, becoming secretary and vice president
  • 1st female medic on the Ms Gulf Coast to work for Mobile Medic
  • 1st female supervisor to serve on the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Legislative Committee
  • 1st female supervisor serving as President of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors and 1st President representing Harrison County in 70 years
  • And after a 90 % blockage was found in her heart, she became the 1st chairman for “Go Red for Women”

During and after Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Rockco served as President of the Board of Supervisors. Rockco has been interviewed and quoted worldwide from nationwide radio stations and international news outlets to news giants, such as CNN, The Washington Post and the Huffington Post. She is a two time Gulf Guardian award winner, BPW Women of achievement, Harrison County Republican Woman of the year. She supports many charities and non profit organizations such as Go Red for Women, Pink Hearts, Mental Health Association Center for Non Violence, Boys and Girls Club and many others.
Ms. Rockco has served as President of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors during Harrison Counties most trying time. She led her county through Hurricane Katrina, high insurance rates, a recession and the B. P. oil spill.

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