- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One of the top financial managers in Mississippi government is stepping down at the end of this budget year.

Kevin Upchurch has directed the Department of Finance and Administration since 2008. He says Thursday that he will retire June 30.

Upchurch has 32 years’ experience in state government, including time working for the Legislative Budget Office and as the top administrative officer for the state Senate.

As the state’s chief fiscal officer, he has overseen management of Mississippi’s budget. He has also served on the five-member group that estimates how much revenue the state will collect each year.

DFA has about 400 employees and oversees a wide range of financial matters for state government, including maintenance of public buildings and payment of contracts.

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