Duane Patterson – Ward 3 Duane.Patterson@CityofHarrah.com
Born in 1966 in Norfolk Virginia, Duane Patterson was raised by a career United States naval officer in the four corners of world, including Thailand, Japan, Germany, Hawaii, California, Washington DC, Dallas, and Virginia.
After returning to the Washington DC area, he graduated from Langley High School in 1984 in Mclean Virginia. He moved to Oklahoma in 1984 to attend the University of Oklahoma. During this time he engaged one of his endeavors in the fine dining restaurant business. As the Souse Chef at the French themed Metro Wine Bar and Bistro in the Nichols Hills area, he married an OU graduate and school teacher for Harrah Public Schools, and moved to Harrah in the summer of 1993.
Because his father raised him to be a contributor, Patterson began giving back to the community as a voluntary reserve police officer. While doing this amongst his restaurant duties he discovered a niche for information technology. He soon decided schedules of law enforcement, and the restaurant business weren’t conducive to raising a family in a quaint community the way he saw fit so he made the decision to nurture his niche in the information technology arena. This landed him at Tinker Air Force Base in the network and system administration field for the 72nd ABW Civil Engineering Wing. After 6 years at Tinker he was lured to his current position as a Storage Lead for Dell Enterprise services in Oklahoma City.
He and his wife Kim have two beautiful children, Megan Lea and Garrett Keith. As a family they attend Harrah Church. They’ve made some wonderful friends and feel Harrah is a wonderful place to live.
Moreover, Patterson was presented with an opportunity to serve the community as a city councilman and give back further to a community that had enriched his life with so much opportunity. First elected to the Ward 1 council seat in 2002, Patterson was appointed vice mayor by the City Council in 2007. He hopes to continue fulfilling his role on the Harrah City Council as Harrah continues to grow, improve and move forward.