A former Omaha police officer plans to run for a City Council seat held by a fellow department alumnus.
Virgil Patlan plans to announce his candidacy for South Omaha’s District 4 seat at a Thursday evening press conference. He’ll challenge Garry Gernandt, who has long served as the community’s council representative and is an outspoken police advocate. Gernandt has been a member of the council since 2001 and tells me he will seek re-election.
Patlan attended South High School and served with the U.S. Army before serving with the Omaha Police Department for 25 years. He’s partly known for his activism in South Omaha and involvement in the local chapter of the Latino Peace Officers Association. Gernandt served with the U.S. Marine Corps and then as an Omaha Police officer for 31 years.
Should be an interesting race.