Dewayne Burk selected as Deputy City Manager

Dewayne Burk


Dewayne Burk will assume the position of Deputy City Manager for the City of Lawton, effective May 17.

Burk will oversee the departments of Municipal Court, Emergency Communications, Parks & Recreations, Fire, Police and Community Relations. Among other duties, as a member of the City Manager's Office, he will aid in responsibilities of gathering data and information to support the policy-making needs of City Council, implementing administrative policies as needed, overseeing fiscal management and proposing annual budgets, promoting community coordination, encouraging interagency collaboration and managing day-to-day operations.

Burk's career with the City of Lawton spans 29 years, having completed 27 of them with the Lawton Fire Department – retiring as Fire Chief in 2019 and then stepping into the Human Resources Director position. As Human Resources Director, Burk was integral in navigating City staff through the COVID-19 health pandemic, implementing vital trainings and leadership development programs, and updating City Codes to improve employee morale and operations.

"We are excited to announce Dewayne Burk as Deputy City Manager," said City Manager Michael Cleghorn. "He has excelled in every role he has taken on during his time with the City of Lawton and we are looking forward to the positive contributions he will undoubtedly bring to our office, organization and entire community in this new position."

Burk succeeds Deputy City Manager Bart Hadley, who will depart May 14.


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