Patterson has spent the last 23 years as health commissioner, with a 34-year career in total. According to the release, his successes include a countywide levy to fund the combined health district, managing Anthrax incidents, a mass flu shot clinic vaccinating more than 7,000 people in one day, H1N1 vaccinations and managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Patterson previously served almost 10 years at the Ohio Department of Health and more than a year at another health department.
The health commissioner was born in the county and is an almost lifelong resident, according to the release. He is a Shawnee High School and Wright State University alumnus. Patterson has been married to wife Beth Patterson for 34 years, and the two share three daughters.