Shelia Patterson Harris was elected to serve on the City Council as District 2 Representative on June 25, 2016.
Shelia is a Lubbock native and a longtime resident of District 2. She is a caring daughter, supportive sister, strong wife, loving mother, and a proud grandmother. Christian principles are a huge foundation for Shelia and her family. The path of education began for Shelia at Mary and Mac Private School, and continued through Lubbock I.S.D. with her graduating from Dunbar-Struggs High School in 1981. She later studied Radio/Television/Film at the University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), and received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorder at Texas Tech Health Science Center.
Shelia is a retired Juvenile Probation Officer/Supervisor, who served approximately 21 years at the Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center. During her tenure, Shelia not only guided and developed her staff, but personally worked with children, youth, and families, helping them to follow a more positive path and a new direction in their lives. Shelia takes great pride in her work at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Shelia has been an active community volunteer in Lubbock for many years. The past boards and organizations she has served include Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lubbock Habitat for Humanity, Community Youth Development (CYD) Collaborative Review Committee, Lubbock Citizens United for Equity and Access (LCUEA), Dispute Resolution Advisory Board, and the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) for the City of Lubbock. Shelia continues to serve faithfully and diligently with Lubbock Habitat for Humanity as a long-time member of the Homeowner Selection Committee, coordinator for T.J. and Bobbie Gean Patterson Scholarship Fund, Vice President and member of the Dunbar International Alumni Association, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chatman Hill Neighborhood Association, Left-to-Right Book Club at the Patterson Branch Library, and Dunbar Preparatory School PTA.
Shelia’s goals are to revitalize Lubbock and establish equitability throughout the city for all citizens. She is a big believer in communication and in bringing people together to create working relationships that empower and provide opportunities to address concerns and improve every neighborhood. Shelia’s objective is to work with other leaders, community members and agencies to unify Lubbock, and to initiate collective efforts that are felt and visible throughout her district and throughout Lubbock.