Robert V. Perry was President of the Mohawk Valley Collective from its inception in July 2011 as Historic Fort Plain through the Summer of 2013. He was born, raised, and educated in Little Falls, New York. After High School, Bob enlisted in the Air Force as a Crew Chief on the F-4 jet fighter, serving two tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, and he was honorably discharged in 1969 as a Staff Sergeant. After serving, he earned a degree in Police Science and pursued a career in Law Enforcement with the Little Falls Police Department and retired as Department Commander of the St. Johnsville force.Following retirement, he took control of a small trucking company, which provided transportation for the floral industry in Central New York.
In addition to his career, Bob has pursued many civic interests and has held positions benefitting the public good including: establishing C.A.R.E in the Village of Saint Johnsville, a program dedicated to assisting the elderly; Vice Chairman, Montgomery County Traffic Safety Board; elected Town Justice in Montgomery County; Vice President of the Montgomery County Magistrates Association; appointed to CASA, a program advocating the rights of children in the court system; Life Member, and Past Post Commander of both the Fort Plain and Remsen VFWs; member Executive Board of the NYS Divers Association; President of the NYS Snowmobile Association.
Bob also held the position of Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees for the Fort Plain Museum. Bob also has diverse experience as an educator. He is a Master Instructor with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, acting as a firearms instructor since 1980 as well as a Sport Fishing and Aquatic Resource Education Program instructor. He was an instructor with the New York State Office of Court Administration in the 4th Judicial District, instructing refresher classes to sitting judges. In 1987 Bob joined the Boy Scouts of America as an adult leader working with youth.He completed the Woodbadge, Scouting’s highest level of training, receiving the DistrictAward of Merit, the District’s highest award. He also held the position of District Commissioner, the District’s third highest position. He is still involved with local Scouting in the Saint Johnsville area.
He currently lives in Fort Plain with his wife Patricia. They have one son, Chad, and five grandchildren.