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After 21 years with the Kentucky State Police, three years with the Kentucky State Reformatory and four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Trooper 1st Class Chip Perry of Bedford announced his retirement Jan. 25.
He also announced his candidacy for Trimble County sheriff in the May Primary.
Chip has held a variety of jobs with the KSP, including road trooper, detective and public affairs officer. He has taken many of our youth to Trooper Island, and was named the state’s Public Affairs Officer of the Year in 2008. He was recognized for selling the most Trooper Island raffle tickets in the state, for which he received a special award from the KSP commissioner.
He has done many things with the state police, including a tour in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, where KSP officers were sworn in as Mississippi State Police to enforce security and order to the storm-ravaged Gulf coast.
He has investigated countless accidents, crimes and other complaints. His motto has always been, “To make the situation better.” He says when he’s called to an accident, a domestic disturbance or any other complaint, the people haven’t called for him to make the situation worse, but to make it better. Public service has been his calling from an early age. After graduating high school in 1981, he was already signed up to become a baseline military policeman in the Marine Corps. “Baseline” MPs are men and women who police a base or post, like police in any city. Additionally, they have military duties, such as inspections, saluting officers, gate duty, etc.
Chip went to boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., then went into specialized training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He was the top trainee and received a meritorious promotion to lance corporal. After training, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., a large base (99 square miles), where numerous sections are used for training other Marines.
When his four-year tour ended, he returned to Trimble County and was hired as a correctional officer at the reformatory. Jobs there included segregation, yard, dormitories and running the night college. After three years, he entered the Kentucky State Police Academy to become a trooper.
Chip wants to be the next Trimble County sheriff to make the community a better place to live. He has made a difference in this great community and wants to continue to do that on a more personal level. His dream always has been to be in law enforcement and to be Trimble County sheriff.
This community deserves the best out of its public officials, and Chip will strive every day to do that. His slogan is, “Put my experience to work for you.”
Chip and his wife, the former Debbie James, have been married for 19 years and have two sons, Chase, 16, and Colton, 13, and a daughter, Mary-Dawn Perry of Louisville. The family lives on New Hope Road. Debbie is a hair dresser and owner/operator of Shear Image Beauty Salon in Milton.
Chip is an assistant football coach at Trimble County Middle School, and both Chip and Debbie are members of the Trimble County Fair Board and active members of Bedford Baptist Church, where Chip sings in the choir.
KSP Post 5 in Campbellsburg gave Chip a retirement luncheon, during which he was presented with a certificate of retirement and the “Colonel Aide de Camp, Commissioner’s Staff” award, making him an honorary colonel. This certificate states, in part, “you are directed to carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the office by continuing to support the missions and goals of the Kentucky State Police and promoting law and order within the Commonwealth.”
Perry campaign manager