Retired New Market Police Chief Passes Away
Peery joined the New Market Police Department in 1992 after 20 years as a volunteer firefighter for the town. He was named chief of police of the five-man department in 2007 and served in that role for 8 years before retiring in 2015.
From current New Market Police Chief Chris Rinker:
"You can never judge a book by its cover. Chief Peery looked tough on the outside, but had a huge heart and cared for people and his community. Chief Peery was one of the best men I have ever known and great man to work for and beside. He was a GREAT LEADER, co-worker, mentor and friend! I always say, if I can be half the leader and man that Charlie was I will be somebody!"
Chief Peery is remembered by the VACP as a strong proponent of traffic safety and enforcement and a regular participant in the Law Enforcement Challenge program. In an interview before his retirement, Peery said, “If I had a specialty, it was accident investigations. There are numerous crashes I remember.”
Peery also said some people had urged him to write a book about his experiences as town police chief, but he felt “that is not an appropriate thing to do.”
Our condolences to Chief Peery's family and the Town of New Market on their loss.