Thirty years was apparently enough of “full measure of devotion” for Depoe Bay City Clerk-Recorder. Pery announced to the council that she’ll be stepping aside for her replacement as of the first of the year.
Pery was first invited into city hall back in 1985 to help with a sewer and water billing system that was computer based. Pery stepped in and got it up and running. In the process it wasn’t long before her job at a local carmel corn shop was history and she was working full time for the city.
After thirty years of being the city clerk-recorder Pery will close the books on her service to Depoe Bay and begin the rest of her life. She and her husband, Richard Murray, a former fishing boat skipper, plan to do some traveling. They have families on both coasts and a crop of grandkids to enjoy so air travel will likely be their passtime of necessity from now on.
For those who know Pery the loss of her service to Depoe Bay and her presence around city hall will be widely and deeply felt. There are no shoes to fill because it was always her, in HER shoes, that kept the city together. As
American novelist Truman Capote once wrote in his classic short story “A Christmas Memory,” when it comes to real people, “there’s never two alike.”