NEW PORT RICHEY — Bipin Parikh, who joined the county staff 30 years ago as a plans examiner and worked his way up to assistant county administrator, is retiring at the end of May, joining a line of longtime senior officials who have made or are planning their exits soon.
Parikh, 64, came to the county in 1983 after working as a civil design engineer in Ontario. He later became the county's first development review manager and then was in charge of code enforcement. In 1991, he became assistant county administrator for development services and served double duty as the county engineer until 2002, when the county hired Jim Widman for the engineering position. Since he joined the county, permits have grown from 2,184 in 1983 to 9,700 during the boom era in 2005.
According to a county resolution approved Tuesday, Parikh will be remembered as "conscientious and steadfast in his work ethic, kind and generous to those who knew him, unwavering in his moral compass, and true to his beliefs 'using things, not people.'"
Parikh's retirement comes as the top leadership is undergoing radical change. Assistant County Administrators Dan Johnson and Mike Nurrenbrock retired last year and County Administrator John Gallagher plans to leave June 1.