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Oklahoma City Councilman Pat Ryan will not seek re-election

Ryan will have represented Ward 8 in northwest Oklahoma City for 10 years when he steps down next year.
by William Crum Modified: January 7, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan plans to leave the Oklahoma City Council when his term ends in 2015.

Ryan said he was announcing his plans well in advance to give potential successors a chance to learn the issues facing the ward and city, and to give residents a chance to know the candidates.

Ryan, 75, is a former Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. executive. He was elected to the council in 2005, and re-elected in 2007 and 2011. He will have served 10 years when his term ends next year.

Ward 8 is in northwest Oklahoma City, west of Western Avenue and north of Hefner Road.

Ryan was born in Chicago and grew up “all over” as the family moved for his father's Army career. He attended high school in Frankfurt, Germany, and in Lawton.

Ryan attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and met his wife of 54 years, Grace. They have two daughters.

He joined OG&E in 1961 as an engineer and worked his way up, eventually serving as chief operating officer before retiring as vice chairman in 1997.

Ryan later worked as a consultant for St. Anthony Hospital, where he got to know city officials as hospital officials considered whether to leave downtown for the suburbs (they stayed downtown).

Ryan said he was impressed with top city leaders and ran for city council when a seat opened.

Completing MAPS 3 and widening major streets ahead of development remain top priorities for Ward 8, Ryan said. Looking ahead, he said, public transit will grow in importance for northwest Oklahoma City residents.

Ryan said he may teach after leaving the council, and he and Grace will continue to travel.

He has been attending Oklahoma City University, and expects to graduate soon with a master's degree in energy management.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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