New Market police chief set to retire

New Market Police Chief Charles Peery is retiring from the department after eight years on the job.

Peery, 61, said Thursday he has already submitted his resignation to the New Market Town Council. His last official day of work will be June 30, although Peery said he will not be on duty after the middle of March. The remaining weeks until retirement will be taken up by unused sick days and “those sorts of things,” Peery said.

Peery took over as police chief in 2007, a job that requires him to patrol the streets with rank and file officers in the five-member department. Peery said the Town Council has chosen no replacement but he expects Sgt. Chris Rinker to be appointed interim chief until the position is filled permanently.

Peery said several factors led him to retire.

He cited “a very slight” stroke he suffered around Thanksgiving 2013 that forced him to miss six weeks of work.

“The only thing it bothered was my balance, and rehab fixed that,” Peery said of the stroke.

Peery said he also wanted to “spend more time with my wife and get things done around the house that need to be done.”

“I enjoy coming to work every day,” Peery added. “There’s nothing wrong with the job or the town of New Market. I like it here. It’s just time.

“I had a friend say I would know when it was time, and he was exactly right.”

Peery joined the police department 23 years ago after 20 years as a volunteer firefighter with the town.

Peery said some people have urged him to write a book about his experiences as town police chief, but “that is not an appropriate thing to do.”

“If I had a specialty, it was accident investigations,” Peery said. “There are numerous crashes I remember.”

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