|Updated: 12/17/2013 5:20 pm
||Published: 12/17/2013 12:58 pm
There is an outpouring of support for the family of Claremore’s mayor.
Mayor Mickey Perry suffered a heart attack and died Monday night. He served in law enforcement for 40 years before retiring and becoming mayor.
FOX23’s Eddie Randle met with friends and co-workers who knew and loved Mayor Perry. They said he worked constantly until his death.
Perry was ‘the man of the town’ according to people who knew him.
He held several positions within the 40 years he served in law enforcement; from police officer to undercover officer for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
Then in 1989 he served as the chief of police until his retirement in 2011.
For Mickey, retirement didn't mean sitting at home. He ran for mayor in 2011 and won.
On Tuesday, friends and coworkers remembered the man who did so much for their town.
“He was a salesperson he really believed in the city of Claremore he convinced me to move my family 1500 miles here,” said Stan Brown, Claremore police chief.
“I think mickey could be characterized as the epitome of someone who dedicated their life to public service. He sought to leave every place that he was at better than what he found it,” said City Manager Jim Thomas.
“He was an outstanding individual who worked for the betterment for the community and the individuals he knew,” said Jack Mayberry, a former judge.
This past Saturday Perry was inducted to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
He leaves behind a wife and daughter and four grandchildren.