Catherine Coke moved to Altus in 1975, with her attorney husband, Mark Coke, who was born and raised in Jackson County and graduated from Eldorado High School. She began working for the City in 1976 as a full-time Assistant City Attorney, left for private practice in 1983 and returned to the City as City Attorney in 1989 to the present. As City Attorney she attends all City Council and Altus Municipal Authority meetings, Board of Adjustment, City Planning Commission and Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meetings, drafts City ordinances, resolutions, and contracts and serves as the City Prosecutor for both the Juvenile Municipal Court and the adult Municipal Court.
A native Oklahoman, she was born in Ponca City, grew up on a cattle ranch in Osage county, and graduated from Shidler High School as valedictorian of her graduating class. She then received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from Oklahoma City University. At OCU, she was a member of the OCU Surrey Singers and performed at various places including Altus Air Force Base and a USO tour of Europe in 1970. After college graduation she attended law school and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma. While in law school, she was on the Dean's Honor Roll and inducted into the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. As a legal intern, she worked for both the criminal and civil divisions of the Oklahoma City Legal Aid office. Working in the criminal division, she represented indigent defendants in the Oklahoma City Municipal Court System. Since settling in Altus, she has been a member and officer of Beta Mothers Club, a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, served as a director for the United Way, been an active member and past President of the Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council, and currently is a member and Past President of both the MacDowell Club of Allied Arts and Chapter GQ P.E.O. Sisterhood, and a member of the Presbyterian Women's Association. On a professional level, she is a member of the Oklahoma Municipal Attorneys Association, past Director and past President of the Oklahoma Municipal Attorneys Association, and was presenter during the 1998 OML/MESO/OKAPA Annual Conference & Exposition held in Oklahoma City, discussing the steps in forming a municipal juvenile court.
Catherine and her husband, Mark, are the parents of a son, Troy, and daughter, Barbara. Troy graduated from Altus High School - 1996 the University of Oklahoma - 2001, and the University of Central Oklahoma - 2003 with a Master's Degree. Currently, he is a Coach/Teacher with the Siloam Springs School District in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Barbara graduated from Altus High School - 2002, the University of Oklahoma - December 2006, and is attending the University of Oklahoma Law School - fall 2007. The family are members of First Presbyterian Church where Catherine serves as the Chancel Choir Director.
Citizens can contact the City Attorney at her City Hall Office at 509 South Main Street, phone number 481-2236. Those citizens needing to make a appointment to discuss a Municipal Court ticket can call the Municipal Court at 481-2207 and meet with her at Municipal Court