That's the title the Georgia National Guard lieutenant colonel was given as garrison commander of New Kabul Compound.
Like a mayor, the 41-year-old Oconee County resident's main job is to make sure the about 1,000 people living at the fortified outpost within Afghanistan's capital city are kept safe and receive essential services.
"We make quality of life improvements and we manage facilities that belong to the government, which I guess the mayor has a role in that kind of stuff," Perkins said during a satellite telephone interview last week.
A native of Florida, Perkins joined that state's National Guard while attending the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree. He followed up with a master's degree in public administration at Piedmont College. Perkins was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Guard in 1992.
Perkins worked for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department from 1998 to 2003, when he took military leave for his first deployment overseas. He returned to the police force in January 2008, but was redeployed five months later, at which time he resigned from the force at the rank of senior police officer.
New Kabul Compound is one of several coalition forces outposts in Kabul. What makes it different from the others is that it houses the headquarters for the various branches of the U.S. military.
Canadian military personnel also are stationed there, and about 250 Afghan workers come and go each day to build, sweep streets, work in the dining halls and perform other jobs.
Perkins is with the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Task Force Hydra, and its members make sure everything runs smoothly in the compound.
"It's a headquarters for sustainment and support," he said. "They provide sustainment theater-wide, everything from logistic support, you know supplies, fuel, water, contracting — all the things that it takes to sustain the momentum of the campaign plan."
Most services are contracted out to Afghan companies.
"We give priority to local vendors for construction projects and acquisition of material for camp initiatives," he said.
Maintaining good relations with Afghans is a big part of Perkins' job.
"We facilitate the commerce of local items and souvenirs by coordinating and hosting bazaars each week here on New Kabul Compound," he said.
During bazaars, for example, women from a local school for the deaf and blind sell purses that they've made.
"Each of these partnerships has provided an opportunity for my team to develop an understanding of the local culture while creating a mutually beneficial relationship," Perkins said.
Though military personnel want to be good neighbors, they also have to be wary. New Kabul Compound is located next to the so-called Green Zone in the heart of Kabul where the Taliban continue to launch attacks.
"The most important responsibility is security of the compound," Perkins said. "We do everything from threat assessment to deploying personnel to keep us safe with all the different technologies."
All Afghan workers who enters the compound, and their vehicles, are thoroughly searched for firearms and explosives.
"We coordinate getting them through a very detailed security procedure," Perkins said. "We X-ray their vehicles, search the vehicles, run mirrors under them and have the dogs sniff them, then we run the drivers through like an airport screener, where we search them and escort them to their spot."
Kabul is the only capital city in the world that doesn't have a sewage system, so another major responsibility Perkins has is working with local contractors to make sure thousands of gallons of "black water" are pumped and removed from compound tanks each day.
Perkins has close relations with local security officials to ensure that the more than a dozen waste removal trucks make their daily visit to the compound.
"Coming through the city can be a challenge whenever the Afghan National Police or Afghan National Army hears of a threat," he said.
"Sometimes they'll lock the roads down and our trucks get stopped, so in order to get them through the checkpoints we have to know who the police commanders are.
"So I spend a lot of time going out and meeting the police commanders out on the street or have them come here for lunch and just spending time and developing the relationships with them and sharing cellphone numbers."
As a former cop, Perkins enjoys speaking with Afghan police officers and has visited their headquarters, which does not have 911 and other services that are taken for granted in the States.
"It makes you appreciate the Lexington Road we have out there (in Athens), that's for sure," he said.
There's no licensing requirements for Afghans, so anyone who has a car can drive.
"The rules of the road don't exist," Perkins said. "People drive backwards down the road."
Perkins didn't realize that the community-oriented policing he learned and practiced as an Athens officer would come in handy in Afghanistan.
"That was all about problem-solving and identifying the root cause of the problem and then finding a solution for that root cause," he said.
"I think it's just now inherent in how I look at problems and how I develop relationships and partnerships," Perkins said. "It didn't take long here to validate that you've got to have friends in the right places to accomplish your goals and your missions ... the methodology works."
Though he lives in a dangerous environment, Perkins likes to lighten up now and then. He arranges movie nights and card tournaments for personnel on the compound.
When mingling with Afghans, the soldier makes friends.
A colonel with the Afghan National Army is one person Perkins enjoys spending time with.
"Col. Nassim is just a neat guy," Perkins said, "He's been here under the Russian rule; he's been here under the Taliban rule; he's here under the new government, so it's kind of neat."
While visiting with Nassim one day, a couple of kids were hanging around and Perkins thought he'd have some fun.
"I asked if they would arm wrestle and they didn't know what I was talking about, and so I put his elbow down on the table and put my elbow on the table and I guess when I started pushing on his hand he just naturally pushed back," Perkins said.
"I fooled around with him for 20 or 30 seconds and I kind of let him take me down to win, and it was pretty funny just to see the excitement on his face," he said.
Perkins has two children of his own, who are waiting with their mother, Holly, for his return home.
Perkins plans to retire from the National Guard in early 2014, but he expects to return to Georgia in October.
"That's my favorite time of the year, because that's when the SEC schedule is fired up and the deer are running around chasing each other," he said.
When not cheering on the Florida Gators here in Bulldog country, or out in the woods hunting, Perkins looks forward to spending time with his family in Bishop.
He wants to be there when his son, Wyatt, runs cross-country for Oconee County High School, and when his daughter, Madi, performs with the cheerleading squad at Oconee County Middle School.
And even as a retired Guardsman, Perkins plans to continue in public service.
"I'm interesting in budgeting, and I certainly have learned a lot about safety and risk management," he said. "I know those are all inherent government functions, so that's probably what I'll seek when I come back."