Meet WadeL. Wade Patterson, Garfield County Assessor580-548-2435 (office)580-541-6011 (cell)firstname.lastname@example.orgWade was born in Grove and grew up in the Grand Lake area of Oklahoma. Being of Cherokee heritage, his family has been in Oklahoma long before statehood. After graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1982 he attended NEO A&M in Miami before transferring to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.He relocated to Enid in 1988 to complete a revaluation project for the Garfield County Assessor’s Office. While working for the Property Valuation Group he worked on valuation projects in Garfield, Noble, McClain, and Nowata Counties in Oklahoma, Sumner County, Kansas, as well as Thayer and Adams Counties in Nebraska.In January of 1992 Wade went to work for the Ad Valorem Task Force, which was later moved into the Ad Valorem Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. He was part of a team that was tasked with implementing the first state wide Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system. For many counties this was their first computer in the entire office. During his time at the OTC he was responsible for maintaining the CAMA system, training Assessor’s Office Staff on the programs, as well as training and assisting the County Appraisers in the data collection and valuation process. In the nearly 6 years he was with the OTC, Wade worked in 72 of the 77 counties in Oklahoma. Another area of responsibility for the team was instructing educational courses at the Annual OTC School. As part of that responsibility, their team put together the very first computer training lab at the annual school. This allowed the attendees to actually use the new computers while being trained.On November 1st, 1997 Wade replaced retiring Garfield County Assessor, Joe Forbes. “It was such an honor to be asked to take over for someone that had been one of my mentors. I had huge shoes to fill because Mr. Forbes was one of the most technology progressive assessors in the entire state.”After taking office Wade continued the technology upgrades started by Mr. Forbes by implementing mobile data collection, high resolution oblique imagery, disaster response software, new state of the art CAMA system, digital street view images, ArcView mapping software, county website, as well as many other upgrades. The use of these tools and a highly trained staff has allowed the Office to downsize from 18 employees to 12 employees, saving the county approximately $300,000 annually.Along with representing Garfield County, he has served at the state level with the County Assessors Association of Oklahoma. Wade served on the Executive Board for 5 years, serving as President of the Association in 2009. On an international level, he is very involved with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). Wade has been a member of the IAAO Communications Committee, Infrastructure Review Committee, and the Executive Director Search Committee. He is currently a candidate for the AAS Professional Designation through the IAAO. Wade also served on the Oklahoma IAAO Chapter Executive Board for several years, including 2 as President in 2003 and 2004.Governor Henry appointed Wade to serve on the Geographic Information Council where he served as a member of the Council for several years. Governor Fallin appointed him to serve on the Task Force for Comprehensive Tax Reform in 2011.Wade and his wife Cheryl have been married over 25 years and have two children, Kayci 24, and Kyler 18. In August 2014 Cheryl was appointed by Senator Patrick Anderson as Election Board Secretary for Garfield County.Cheryl and Wade were both inducted into the Oklahoma ASA (softball) Hall of Fame. Wade has officiated high school football and volleyball for many years, which probably served as good training for his position as Assessor!