Roads Authority chief Paul Parchment fired

The head of the National Roads Authority has been fired six months after being suspended by the authority’s board of directors, the Cayman Compass has learned.

Paul Parchment, managing director of the organization, was placed on leave in April. At the time, NRA board chairman Donovan Ebanks said the board had commissioned an investigation into “possible misuse of NRA resources by a senior employee,” later revealed to be Mr. Parchment.

Few details were given but the issue is understood to include claims that Mr. Parchment used NRA equipment on private property without permission.

Neither Mr. Ebanks nor Mr. Parchment returned calls from the Cayman Compass Wednesday but sources confirmed that Mr. Parchment’s employment was terminated earlier this week.

It is understood that the NRA plans to make a statement on the issue later this week. It has not been publicly stated who carried out the investigation, or if the auditor general or the police were involved.

Mr. Parchment was named as NRA managing director in August 2014 following a period during which he and deputy director Edward Howard served as alternating acting directors. The permanent manager’s post was left vacant following the controversial departure of former NRA director Brian Tomlinson in 2012.

Mr. Tomlinson sued and settled out of court with his employer in 2015, alleging a number of examples of “mistreatment” he said he suffered at the hands of his former employer, and that his health deteriorated as a result. An undisclosed settlement amount was paid to Mr. Tomlinson.