MSEA-SEIU Member Jerry Parent retires after over 52 years of service at the Maine Department of Labor

Skip Hall presenting President's Award to Jerry Parent

In recognition of Jerry Parent’s over five decades of public service at the Maine Department of Labor, MSEA-SEIU Chief Steward and fellow Maine Department of Labor Fraud Investigator Skip Hall presented Jerry, at right, with an MSEA-SEIU President’s Award on behalf of MSEA-SEIU President Dean Staffieri.

In the Frances Perkins Conference Room at the Maine Department of Labor in Augusta, colleagues and friends of MSEA-SEIU Member Jerry Parent gathered June 22 to congratulate him on his retirement after over 52 years of service at the Maine Department of Labor.

“Basically, I’m 75. I still feel young,” Jerry said after rounds of appreciative comments reflecting his state service under eight different gubernatorial administrations.

In recognition of his over five decades of public service to Maine people, MSEA-SEIU Chief Steward and fellow Maine DOL Fraud Investigator Skip Hall presented Jerry with an MSEA-SEIU President’s Award on behalf of MSEA-SEIU President Dean Staffieri. Skip also presented Jerry with a bag of MSEA-SEIU goodies, including a union pin and an MSEA-SEIU membership application so he can continue his advocacy for health and retirement security as a retiree.

Gerard Dennison, constituent services representative for Senator Angus King, one of the eight Maine governors for whom Jerry worked, read a letter of appreciation from Senator King and presented Jerry, a Red Sox fan, with Red Sox memorabilia.

A Vietnam-era veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, Jerry upon returning from his military service in 1969 began working for the old Canadian National Railroad in Lewiston. After his layoff from the railroad company, he started working for what then was the Maine Department of Manpower Affairs on Lisbon Street in Lewiston in 1970. “The office is no longer there because it burned down,” Jerry recalled.

Jerry began his state service as a clerk, then became a claims deputy. In 1975, he moved over to the Maine DOL’s fraud unit and managed it until 1997 when he was reclassified into a claims deputy adjudicator position, where he stayed until 2020 when he was reclassified again, this time as a fraud investigator.

“I’ve felt, you know, the 52 years I’ve worked for the Maine Department of Manpower Affairs/Maine Department of Labor, if I lasted this long, I must have done something right,” Jerry said. “And with the outpouring of people over here today wishing me my happiness, I thank you all. It’s been a pleasure.”

Congratulations, Jerry, on your retirement. You earned it!

2022 Jerry Parent President's Award
Senator King Rep Gerard Denison presenting certificate

Gerard Dennison, constituent services representative for Senator Angus King, read a letter of appreciation from Senator King and presented Jerry, a Red Sox fan, with Red Sox memorabilia.

Updated: June 22, 2022 — 3:07 PM