Making a difference everyday
Councilman Jim Perry is best known for his accessibility and availability to the residents of Ward 6. Working as a police officer for 30 years, Jim knows you don’t get things done sitting behind a desk. That’s why Councilman Perry spends most of his time out in our neighborhoods, solving problems and making City Hall work for the people who live here.
During his first term on the Council, Jim Perry helped create jobs by promoting new businesses and increasing the variety of retail businesses and restaurants. Councilman Perry facilitated keeping Ralphs grocery store at La Sierra and Indiana when Ralphs announced they wanted to leave.
Perry’s focus on our neighborhoods has led to an 80% reduction in graffiti, from over 800 reports to under 150 monthly. Councilman Perry helped lead the development of Camp Anza into housing for disabled veterans. And he facilitated the delivery of food for the Arlanza Kids Produce Market.
Councilman Perry is a strong advocate for education and programs for kids. He has worked to make numerous street repairs, install new stop signs for safety and reduce crime in our neighborhoods.
Jim Perry was elected to serve on the Riverside City Council in June 2013, winning 60 percent of the vote in a field of six candidates. This is Jim’s first elective office, although he has long been active in our community volunteering for Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside County American Red Cross, Arlanza Community Garden and Safe Routes to School.
Jim Perry and his wife, Kathie, live in La Sierra South for 27 years. They have raised two adult children, both of whom graduated from the Alvord Unified School District. The Perry’s have five grandchildren, which includes a set of twins.