Kevin Upchurch, state fiscal officer and executive director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, is retiring after more than 32 years in state government.
He plans to depart at the end of June.
Upchurch is a minister of building and grounds of sorts for the state. But the 400-employee department he oversees has a host of other responsibilities, including management of the state’s $20 billion annual budget. Just how extensive the DFA’s responsibilities are is detailed on the agency’ website:
>Government financial and administrative operations including employee payroll, vendor payments, employee insurance, construction, maintenance;
>Protection of State buildings in the Capitol Complex;
>Management of financial information management systems,;
>Management of the State’s vehicle fleet, and numerous other related activities.
DFA has 14 offices .
Upchurch said he wants to spend more time with family, especially his two new grandchildren.
He started in 1984 with the Mississippi State Department of Health, where he worked as a payroll accountant. Upchurch’s career took him to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the state auditor’s office and the Legislative Budget Office. He also served as secretary of the Mississippi Senate under then-Lt. Gov. Bryant. Former Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Upchurch head of DFA in 2008. Gov. Phil Bryant reappointed him in 2012. At DFA,.
“Kevin has run the Department of Finance and Administration with integrity and efficiency,” Bryant said. “I appreciate his many years of service to the state of Mississippi and wish him nothing but the best upon his well-deserved retirement.”
Upchurch holds a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and management from Anderson University in Indiana. He has been married to his wife, Margie, for over 32 years.