Veteran law officer, community ambassador and current Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry is one of six to be inducted to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
Two deceased FBI Agents, Delph “Jelly” Bryce and Clarence Hurt, Judge Virgil Black, Chief Bill Hensley and Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz will join Perry as the 2013 inductees.
Recipients/families will be honored at an annual Hall of Fame reception scheduled for 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Oklahoma Historical Center in Oklahoma City. The Bill Tilghman Public Service Award was created to recognize outstanding efforts by individuals who strive to bring honor and professionalism to the law enforcement profession.
“I am very honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers across the State. I have been fortunate to work with so many dedicated, hard-working men and women,” Perry said. ”Anything I have accomplished has been because of my fellow officers. I cannot take credit for accomplishments alone. I was very fortunate for over 41 years to go to work everyday to a job I loved, and to have a family that supported me. This recognition is also for the sacrifices my family made for me over the years.”
Inductees are selected based on their advancement of the profession of law enforcement by individual acts of courage, bravery, sacrifice and support for the rule of law in Oklahoma.
Recipients/families will be honored at an annual Hall of Fame reception.
Perry served 41 years in law enforcement and retired in 2010 as the city’s police chief. Upon retiring as Claremore Police Chief, he said he was fortunate that his 41-year career was divided into segments — as a uniformed cop and investigator, then in narcotics and finally in administration.
Perry came to the city force in 1969 and for 10 years, Perry worked the city beat, eventually expanding his career to include 11 years working for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
In addition to his distinguished law enforcement career, Perry has spent years serving on a variety of community boards, including the William A. Barnes Advocacy Center, Tri-County CASA, Rogers County Youth Shelter, Emergency Service Board, 911 Santa, A Child Is Missing and Food 4 Kids.
He and his wife, Kathy, have been married 44 years and have one daughter, Jennifer, who is married to Randy Lewis. Perry has four grandchildren — Kyla, Dillon, Tyler and Tanner.
The Perrys are members of Memorial Heights Baptist Church. When not serving others he enjoys watching sports on television and in person and having fun with his grandchildren.
He is a graduate of Foyil High School, Claremore Junior College (now Rogers State University) and Northeastern State University.