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MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BLACKWELL, OKLAHOMA
Max Wirtz was elected to
serve the City of Blackwell as Mayor in March of 2014. As Mayor, Max
is responsible for overseeing the legislative, financial and operational
measures of the City. He is charged with the duties of overseeing
every department and every aspect of City business.
was born at Blackwell General Hospital in the 700 block of West College
on August 14, 1935 to Harve and Lavina Wirtz. He grew up in rural
Kay County, attending Waddell and Lost Creek Schools through the 8th
grade and then came to school in Blackwell attending Lovett Junior
High. He graduated from Blackwell High School in 1953. He
has attended continuing education classes at Northern Oklahoma College
in Tonkawa, Oklahoma University in Norman, and the University of Texas
in Austin, TX.
Max has worked as a carpenter, mechanic, long-haul truck driver as
owner-operator, freight agent for Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co, in
Stillwater, and in auto parts sales for Ray Hamlin Chevrolet Co. in
Blackwell. He was lessee of the Cities Service Station at Main and
Frisco for four years, during which time he also worked at Blackwell
Zinc Smelter. He was employed by Cities Service Gas Co. for 18
years until the company was bought by The Williams Companies of Tulsa,
OK. He worked another 14 years before retiring September
His jobs were Corrosion Technologist and Construction Inspector.
Max is a 17 year member of the National Association of Corrosion
Engineers, where he earned national certification as a Corrosion
Technologist. He also earned certification from the State of
Oklahoma as a Journeyman Electrician in 1983.
Max served almost 4 years as a member of Blackwell Battery C-189th Field
Artillery - 45th Division. He was a charter member of the Kay
County Sheriffs Reserve in Blackwell. The unit started in the
1970's to support the Kay County Sheriffs Department and all law
enforcement agencies. Max earned State Reserve Officer
Certification by C.L.E.E.T. and the rank of Captain, while serving the
unit as Commander.
He operated Lock-N-Clock, a locksmith and clock repair business, for 17
years before selling the locksmith part of his business. He now
operates The Clock Shop.
Max married Donna G. Overbey on June 13, 1954. They have two
married daughters, Becky Muret and husband, David, and Cindy Lawrence
and husband, Jim. The couple has four grandsons, two
great-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. The family are
longtime members of St. Johns Lutheran Church, northeast of Blackwell,
where Max serves as an Elder and Sunday School teacher. Max has also served as a City Commissioner for the City of Blackwell.