John "Tony" Perkins and wife Sonya
Hailing from Florida, John Perkins arrived in Hampton Roads in 1989 while serving in the United States Air Force, assigned to Langley Air Force base. John retired with twenty years of service as an Aerospace and Control technician. After serving in the Air Force, John joined the Hampton Police Division.
During his service, John believed in community and worked well with citizens in his area of responsibility. John took the time to meet everyone who needed an ear to hear their concerns and complaints. This help build trust between the police and the citizens that he worked for while with the City of Hampton's department. John was also a part of the first Bicycle patrol as well as one of the first officers assigned as a School Resource Officer. His interaction with the students gave him an understanding of how to change the negative image about law enforcement officers.
Later, John would be promoted and assigned to Investigation as a Property Detective. While filling this position, John helped change the laws in reference to Precious metal dealers, Pawn shops and Salvageable metal dealers. The changes assisted in faster recover of stolen property. John served twenty and retired in 2014. During this same year, John began a part-time career with the Hampton sheriff’s Office. He served as Deputy of the General District Court for 5 years before resigning and explore a run for Sheriff.
Family: John is married to Sonya Williams-Perkins who was born and raised in Hampton. They have total of four daughters: Adrean Perkins, Alexis Perkins, Sashia Williams and Midori Anderson.
Education: Associate Degree in Airway Science through the Air Force Community College; Associate Degree in Liberal Arts through Saint Leo University; and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology through Saint Leo University.
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