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.
Wirtz 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 1996.
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.
City of Blackwell
PO Box 350
Blackwell, OK 74631