Mitchell was hired as the Watonga Interim City Manager in February, 2020 and began working, officially, for the City on March 9th. The Watonga City Council hired Mr. Mitchell to assist the City in an effort to transition from the current Aldermanic form of government to a Statutory Council-Manager form of government . The transition is expected to be completed once the next general Council election is held in April of 2021. The Council-Manager form of government places the policy development responsibility with the Mayor and City Council. The day-to-day administrative duties are assigned to the City Manager who must supervise all City departments, offices, and agencies of the City. For example, the City Manager prepares the annual operating budget, however, the Mayor and City Council have the authority to amend and approve the final document.
The City Council approved the FY 2021 Annual Budget on June, 16th and a copy of that document is available in the City Clerk’s Office. The new budget year which starts July, 1st does not include any increase in utility rates and does not provide any cost of living adjustments for full-time city employees. The budget does include $791,900 for capital outlay projects , however, the City also anticipates a revenue loss of $816,000.
City Manager Resume:
Mr. Mitchell has worked as a municipal employee for the past forty (40) years in several Oklahoma cities; including, Stillwater, Enid, Owasso, Lawton, and Yukon, and also served for ten (10) years as a City Administrator in southern Maine. His professional experience includes; public finance, strategic planning, economic development, personnel management, contract negotiations, and capital project construction. His college education includes an Undergraduate Degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and a Master’s Degree (MPA) from the University of Oklahoma.