I think of it as water, some of the accomplishments with the oil and gas ordinance and our leadership, not only for the town but for the state and the nation because a lot of people are looking at that. How to kind of manage a robust economy, a crazy unemployment rate."
"A legacy is not so important, you know, if the town is better now than it was then, then I'll be happy about that," Perry said, "but I can't take the credit for that either because it's not just one person."
Mayor Perry often wears a smile - it's part of his personality. But he did realize that in politics, you can't please everyone.
"I learned people don't like me," Perry said. "That's kind of a good thing because you're able to realize, personally, you know that I'm doing this for others, for the best of the community."
Perry's term has seen economic victories and an unthinkable tragedy. Perry said he was proud of the way the Tall City came together after the Midland train crash.
"That was such a tragic event," he said, "but Midlanders loved on those families like I've never seen. So it wasn't so much as being mayor, it was like, this is what Midland is - incredible care for other people."
His term isn't over yet. He could still have one of his toughest moments to come. Perry will meet with survivors and widows of those lost when they return to Midland this week.
"I'm a little nervous," Perry admitted. "I don't know really what to say or what I'll do. I'm kind of, actually I'm a little bit nervous about it because I want to honor them, and say I'm sorry or whatever, but it's just going to be a little bit emotional."
Perry will turn the city over to Mayor-Elect Jerry Morales on January 13.
He shared his advice for the new mayor.
"I think it's to listen and to be able to hear from people about what they think is important and then really take the bigger picture, the bigger view, the longer view because we can make short-term decisions that have negative long-term consequences and visa versa," Perry said.