Mr. Fitch was born in Oklahoma City and moved to Lawton as a young child with his family in 1950 where he was raised. He eventually graduated from Lawton High School in 1965 and pursued his collegiate studies at Cameron University. In May of 1970, he resumed working for Fitch Industrial, Inc., a family owned subsidiary, in a professional capacity after many hours of previous blue collar work experience predating his collegiate studies. Over time and after his father’s retirement, Mr. Fitch would build upon his father’s success by strategically expanding the family business into the oil and gas industry. Mr. Fitch’s strategic visioning, firm resolve, and calculated risk during the economic turbulence of Oklahoma’s famous Oil Bust served as the catalyst for him and his company’s success over the next several decades. Mr. Fitch retired from his duties as President and CEO of Fitch Industrial in late 2009 after selling to a Pennsylvania Company.
Mr. Fitch married the late Mrs. Leah M. Malouf in 1983. Together they successfully raised two sons, Michael and Alex Fitch, who are both college graduates pursuing professional ambitions of their own. In late 2006, Mr. Fitch, inspired by his late wife’s battle with cancer, dedicated a tremendous amount of his own time, energy, and financial support to cancer survivors of the greater Southwest Oklahoma region. As a testament to his family’s commitment and compassion for cancer victims and survivors within this region, Mr. Fitch collaborated with Comanche County Memorial Hospital to construct the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center which opened to the community in late 2009.
In October 2011, Mr. Fitch married the former Ms. Natalie Higgins. Mr. Fitch has served on a wide variety of state, local, and private sector commissions, boards, and committees. From 1994 through 2003 he was appointed by Oklahoma Governors to serve on the State Insurance Commission, the Judicial Nominating Commission, and has made advisory recommendations for the appointment of four separate Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices. In addition to his public sector service, he serves as a tenured Board Member for a local financial institution. Mr. Fitch currently serves as a member of the following boards or commissions: the Oklahoma Municipal League, 9th District Representative, Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, Board member and the Chairman of the Lawton Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Waurika Lake Conservancy District, and the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority.
As Mayor of the City of Lawton, Mr. Fitch has been instrumental in bridging community involvement through positive community relations. His strong leadership ability, in conjunction with the efforts of a unified Council and capable city staff, has profoundly impacted and positively shaped the manner in which the City conducts business with a focus on responsive customer service and transparency in governance. Mayor Fitch continues to expand his positive impact and business expertise within the community through public projects such as the Second Street Rehabilitation and Tax Increment Finance (TIF) project (e.g. Lawton Towne Center), establishment of the Nine Mile Creek utility corridor, and expansion of the Wolf Creek utility corridor, all of which will have dramatic influence on the future economic development interests of the community. Additionally, Mayor Fitch has been directly engaged in critical infrastructure programs such as the 2012 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which allocated nearly $120 million in system and quality of life improvements for the community. In closing, he recently participated in the modernization of the City’s primary governing document, the Lawton City Charter, which was approved by voters in February of 2011.
In 2015 he was re-elected Mayor for the City of Lawton.