Perry to retire

Logan Circuit Judge Roger Perry was honored with a retirement celebration on Fri., June 12. Perry, far right, is presented with a portrait of himself that will hang in the Logan County Courtroom following his retirement at the end of June.

A longtime fixture at the Logan County Courthouse received the traditional send off from a few dozen of his closest friends. Local attorneys, probation officers, former law clerks, magistrates, circuit court employees, and friends from all walks of life stuffed the courtroom to bid farewell to Logan Circuit Judge Roger Perry who will be retiring this year after many decades of service to the people of Logan County through several different careers.

Judge Perry was lauded for his fairness, wisdom and good works by co-workers and supervisors alike at a special lunchtime retirement party on the third floor courtroom where the Judge dispensed justice for so many years. Fellow Circuit Court Judge Eric O’Briant acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event, noting that as a Judge Perry was a major fan of Star Trek he referred to it as “Stardate 6*12*15.”

Roger Perry began working at the courthouse in the early seventies- first as an inspector for the health department, later as an attorney, prosecutor and finally for many years a circuit court judge. Steve Canterbury of the WV Supreme Court noted that not all of Perrys’ cases were easy ones and that he had built a solid reputation in the state’s court system or integrity.

Former Department of Health and Human Resources supervisor Jim Kimbler noted that he had known Roger Perry since both were elementary school boys and that their friendship grew even stronger years later when Perry worked at the courthouse first as an inspector and later as judge. Kimbler joked that he had hoped to be let out of jury duty one time and that Perry had given him a speech about a citizens’ civic duty to serve.

Longtime co-worker former Chief Probation Officer Charles Brown discussed his enjoyment of working with the Judge for many years, noting that Judge Perry was the kind of boss “who made you look forward every day to coming to work.”

Perry’s longtime law clerk Joshua Butcher recounted his first meeting with the Judge when he had applied for a position as a clerk in college only for both men to find out that his application had become lost in the mail. Butcher said he had learned much about the legal profession and professionalism from his longtime mentor.

Following the meal, Judge Perry was honored by Erica Barker Cook and Butcher on behalf of the Logan County Bar Association when a large portrait of the Judge was unveiled. The portrait will hang in the Logan County Courtroom after Perry’s last official day of work at the end of the month. Perry himself noted that he will continue to be a part of the Logan County community and that he may also continue to serve the legal system following his retirement.

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