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Kenneth Patrick ‘Pat’ Littlejohn
Community Center Safety Liaison
Office of Integrated Development
Recreation & Parks

Kenneth Patrick Littlejohn (Pat) is a native and life-long resident of Akron, Ohio and a dedicated civil servant. Pat began his career with City of Akron in the summer of 1993 as a seasonal employee at Ed Davis Community Center.  When the City assumed responsibility for the Balch Street Fitness Center in 2005, Pat served as one of the supervisors who managed daily operations.  In 2009 he was named supervisor of Joy Park Community Center and then moved on to supervise Summit Lake Community Center in 2015 where he continued his work with residents, community groups and supporting organizations to enhance the lives of families in each of these neighborhoods.

As safety and community outreach became a major focus of the Recreation and Parks Department, Pat became the Community Center Safety Liaison in 2018, where he continues his work today.  In his current role, Pat collaborates with city departments and stakeholders regarding safety issues in city-owned parks, community centers and their surrounding neighborhoods. 

Pat is one of the committee chairs for National Night Out. He is also a member of the City of Akron Safety Committee and is actively involved with the Youth Violence Prevention Plan.  He coordinates the Late Night basketball program, helps with Lock 3 events, and supports all Recreation and Parks Department events.  As the department’s Safety Liaison, Pat ensures that all the community centers are equipped with the necessary supplies and safety guidance needed - a task with increased significance during the COVID pandemic.  This summer Pat coordinated a team of safety ambassadors to visit our parks and outdoor shelters to check on them, clean them, and continue to keep them safe given the increased usage of outdoor spaces. 

A 1983 graduate of Kenmore High School, Pat attended Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee on athletic scholarships for football and basketball before transferring to Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.  He serves as the Vice President of the Cleveland Chapter of the American OldTimers travel basketball association. He is a member of One Hundred Black Men of Greater Akron. An advocate for young people, Pat is also a mentor for youth who are finding new paths through UMADAOP’s Juvenile Reentry Program. 

Pat’s hobbies include playing dominoes, participating in his basketball league and exploring new cities with his wife, Lisa.  Pat has three children – Brittany (deceased), Kenyada, and Kennedy, and is the guardian of his two grandchildren, Dariyah and Dariyan.  More than anything, Pat enjoys being a husband, dad and granddad.

The fourth born in a family of seven children, Pat is a strong proponent of community-based and recreation-centered services for families.  When asked to describe Pat’s work ethos, Brittany Schmoekel, Bureau Manager of Recreation and Parks said, “Pat is always a team player and truly cares about the City of Akron and the people that we serve.”

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