The city of McLoud has begun the search for a new city manager following the resignation of Mike Winningham, who has held the post for 18 months.

Winningham’s last day with the city will be Aug. 22.


The city of McLoud has begun the search for a new city manager following the resignation of Mike Winningham, who has held the post for 18 months.
Winningham’s last day with the city will be Aug. 22.
“I just figured it was about time,” Winningham said of his decision to retire. “No real compelling reason.”
The city has placed classified advertisements in a handful of newspapers and has already received a few applications, Winningham said.
“Mike’s a great guy and has been very committed to enhancing and improving McLoud since coming on board,” said Wolf Gugler, McLoud emergency manager. “He’s been good at making a point and backing it up with facts.”
Gugler credits Winningham with being a “strong advocate” of police, fire and emergency management needs, saying he “always goes to bat for us when needed.”
During his time in McLoud, Winningham secured a grant worth $86,000 for McLoud Fire Department, Gugler said. Winningham’s work with McLoud Fire Department and McLoud Police Department includes improvements to radio communications that allow officials to communicate with all other area emergency services.
Winningham’s efforts also include paving the city’s downtown highways, as well as an upgrade to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Winningham said future plans include expanding the area the plant now treats.
“Our wastewater plant is running about 350,000 gallons a day, and we have the capacity to triple that,” he said.
City vehicles also have been replaced and updated to make them more reliable, Winningham said.
Winningham is a native of Holdenville and lived in Antlers for 35 years. He and his wife own a home in the country, and he said he is looking forward to spending time there.
“That’s where I plan on going back to,” he said.
Winningham owned a clothing apparel manufacturing business in Antlers for several years. From there he served as city manager of Purcell for about seven years, then took a six-month break before signing on as McLoud city manager.
Winningham said that while he was working as an apparel consultant, a city council member in Purcell prompted him to try his hand at city management. The council member said that because of his administrative experience, he would be suited for the position.
After working in Purcell for a while, Winningham said he decided to go elsewhere to broaden his experience.
Winningham is McLoud’s first official city manager, as his predecessor Pete Seikel’s position was town administrator.
Winningham and his wife, Kay, have two children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.