Kim L. Peterson has been a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma Panhandle. He was born in 1952, to Loyd and Norlene Peterson. He is a fourth generation native and very proud of the three sets of great grandparents who homesteaded in Texas County.
Kim and Melissa (Smith) Peterson were married while they were both students at Panhandle State. They have been blessed with three children, Jana, Jaime, Scott and their spouses. They are also the proud grandparents of eight wonderful, talented grandchildren.
After graduating from Guymon High School in 1970, Kim followed in his parent’s footsteps and attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He was awarded his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1974 and did post-graduate work at Oklahoma State University.
Kim taught Industrial Arts and then Vocational Carpentry in Guymon Schools after graduating from Panhandle, he then became self-employed in construction, the oil field and ultimately as a caterer and restaurateur in a partnership with his daughter Jaime. Peterson has been a very involved member of the Guymon Community. He has served as a Board member for Guymon Kid’s Inc., Guymon United Way, Guymon Chamber of Commerce, City of Guymon Rodeo Board and City of Guymon Convention and Tourism Board.
He currently serves on The Oklahoma Municipal League Board of Directors, The Mayor’s Council of Oklahoma Board of Directors (of which he served two terms as President), The Oklahoma Economic Development Authority Board of Directors and The Guymon Industrial Foundation Board of Directors. Kim was elected to the City Council of Guymon as Councilman for Ward 4 in 2011, and the council elected him Vice-Mayor in 2011, he served as Vice Mayor until 2013 when the council elected him Mayor of Guymon. Peterson is a strong supporter of Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
He has served on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Foundation Board of Directors since 2007, and as President of the Board from 2014-2016. Kim has been a longtime supporter of Panhandle State Rodeo as well as supporting Panhandle Athletics and other student organizations. Kim and his daughter have enjoyed being able to employ many panhandle students in both his previous business endeavors and for the past 24 years in their catering and restaurant business. Kim Peterson is passionate about his community as he often states, “Guymon is a great place to grow up, a great place to raise a family and my job is keeping it a great place for everyone.”