Perry Michael Palmer is a lifelong resident of Monongalia County. As a proud graduate of St. Francis High School and the West Virginia State Police Academy, Perry has dedicated his life to serving the citizens of our county in the area of law enforcement. Mr. Palmer seeks to continue to serve the citizens of Monongalia County as our next sheriff, standing for re-election to this post in 2020.
Inspired by his father, Vince Palmer, who was also a law enforcement professional, Perry Palmer has been a leader in the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department since he began his career in 1991. He has held the ranks of Deputy, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Chief Deputy, before being elected to Sheriff in 2016.
Sheriff Palmer’s experience, knowledge and competence in the areas of training, operations and tactical law enforcement are impressive. During his career he has accrued the following achievements:
- Completed over 2,500 hours of training
- Field Training Officer for 26 years
- Member of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team for 20 years
- Commander of the SWAT Team-10 years
- Tactical trainer for the SWAT Team-9 years
- Instrumental in creating the Deputy Reserve Program
- Supervised the Deputy Reserves for 22 years
Perry Palmer is a seasoned and well-respected leader and administrator in the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department. He has supervised the day-shift operations and supervised the daily operations of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office during his time as Chief Deputy.
In addition to his daily tasks, Sheriff Palmer oversees the preparation and administration of budgets in excess of $7 million for the six divisions within the sheriff’s office. In West Virginia, the sheriff of a county also serves as Treasurer of that county. Thus, Sheriff Palmer supervises and has ultimate responsibility for the Sheriff’s Tax Office. During his first term, Sheriff Palmer has continued the outstanding record of tax collections and has been responsible for the active pursuit of delinquent accounts. His knowledge and experience in the areas of the civil responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff including: estates, conservatorships and writs of execution, administrator’s duties and civil process, have served Monongalia County well.
Finally, Perry Palmer is a devoted father and loving husband. Perry and his wife of 35 years, Denise, are the proud parents of a daughter, Alexandra.
Denise Palmer graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education with emphasis on Health Education. She is employed by MonHealth as the Director of Ambulatory Clinic and Outreach at the Heart & Vascular Center. She has served Monongalia County as a nurse for 35 years.
Alexandra Palmer is a 2013 summa cum laude graduate of West Virginia University. Ms. Palmer is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
When not at the sheriff’s department, Perry is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both fishing and hunting.
Perry Palmer is a candidate for re-election as Sheriff of Monongalia County in the 2020 election. He would be honored by your support and vote.