Our hearts are saddened by the sudden loss of an amazing community member. Mayor Mickey Perry died last night of a heart attack. Perry was elected Mayor in 2011. Prior to that, he was Claremore’s police chief and had worked as an undercover narcotics officer since 1969.
City Manager Jim Thomas said that out of all the mayors he’s worked with in his career, Perry was the absolute best. His commitment to the community, his positive attitude and his terrific sense of humor were very unique. He was one of the strongest ambassadors for Claremore that anyone could ask for.
Just this last Saturday, Perry was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, an honor very few will receive in their lifetime.
According to the City of Claremore’s web site, Perry served on numerous boards and committees at both the State and local level including, but not limited to, the Blue Ribbon Committee, State Drug and Alcohol Policy Board, Region 2 Oklahoma Homeland Security Council, OSBI Commission, Regional 911 Board, William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center, Tri-County CASA, Rogers County Youth Shelter, Emergency Medical Services Board and Share the Spirit Foundation. Earlier this year, Perry was named the 2013 Progressive Citizen of the Year by the Claremore Daily Progress.
His contributions to the community are immeasurable. He was an advocate for helping others, advancing economic development, providing public safety and so much more. Mickey will be greatly missed.
Perry and his wife, Kathy, were married for 44 years. They have one daughter, Jennifer, who teaches in the Claremore Public School system. Our sincerest condolences to the Perry family.