Former administrator retires after more than 33 years

Retiring civil servant Henry Parchment, center, with Minister Kurt Tibbetts and Deputy Chief Officer Leyda Nicholson-Makasare.

Henry Parchment has retired from his post as financial administrator for the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure after serving more than 33 years in the civil service.

During a recent farewell luncheon, Mr. Parchment was honored by his former colleagues. “Mr. Henry has left an indelible mark on us. We will miss his professional expertise and friendship,” said Deputy Chief Financial Officer Denise Delpesh Morain.

He passed the retirement milestone in January after completing 33 1/3 years with the ministry.

Mr. Parchment, according to a press release, was known for being reliable, good-natured and diligent. He was also known for his mantra: “Be faithful in your work. Stick to it.”

As the ministry’s financial administrator, Mr. Parchment’s duties in recent years involved working with multimillion-dollar budget preparations, managing the ministry’s accounts payables and assisting personnel with pension, health and insurance related issues.

Mr. Parchment began his career in government in the 1980s as a public health officer before transferring to the West Indies College to teach.

After returning to Cayman and working as a teacher, he was  employed by Radio Cayman. His work at the station’s accounts led to Mr. Parchment’s appointment to the Treasury Department in the 1990s, and in 2005 he was employed by the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure.

“We sincerely thank you, Henry, for your valuable contributions and outstanding service to the PLAHI Ministry, and throughout your career,” said Minister Kurt Tibbetts. “We are grateful for your passionate and inspiring business acumen, dedication and systems knowledge.”

Writing children’s stories and a book on early life in East End are some of Mr. Parchment’s retirement plans, but his immediate focus is on his family and church, he said a press release.

As a longtime church elder, Mr. Parchment said he is looking forward to being more involved in the church with his wife Melva and being more involved in community outreach and youth programs.

Fishing is also on Mr. Parchment’s schedule, post-retirement.

According to a press release, Mr. Parchment shared advice with other civil servants.

“Keep your cool when facing personal or professional challenges; don’t give up when things get rough; have respect for others; and remember that while giving back to your country, you are also working to benefit yourselves and your families,” he said.