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March 31, 2013

Mickey Perry named 2013 Progressive Citizen of the Year

CLAREMORE —  

Veteran law officer, community ambassador and current Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry has been named 2013 Claremore Daily Progress Progressive Citizen of the Year.
Perry served 41 years in law enforcement and retired in 2010 as the city’s police chief.
He holds the distinction of serving under eight mayors and every city manager employed in Claremore.  Forty years ago Perry was elected as a freeholder to help write Claremore’s City Charter. Now he leads the city as mayor.
Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas wrote in his nomination letter:
“It is my pleasure to nominate a distinguished man who has given a lifetime of public service to the citizens of Rogers County and the City of Claremore. He has extended a hand of friendship and support to me and the challenges of my office. I have designated him as a ‘special envoy’ for the office of the City Manager and he has accepted the assignment with honor.
“Upon my arrival in Claremore on November 25, 2012, Mickey greeted me a mere hour after I ended my 1,500 mile journey, pulling 4,000 pounds of personal goods. He came to help unload my truck and trailer on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Mayor Perry did not stop his ‘welcome attitude’ with that.
“Mayor Perry has embraced the kind of positive thinking that will allow the city to achieve goals worthy of its citizens. He has recognized the art of compromise, which benefits the greatest number of citizens, not just the ‘one,’ Thomas wrote. “His progressive leadership style covers more than 40 years of law enforcement experience with his last assignment being Chief of Police. He currently serves as the city’s chief political leader.”
Among the many hats Perry has worn over the years, he has also given his time to a host of community organizations.
One is the Share the Spirit Foundation, in which Perry has been involved for nearly 25 years. He is currently serving as president of the organization.

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