New McLendon-Chisholm Public Safety Building named in honor of former Mayor Mike Donegan – Blue Ribbon News
MCLENDON-CHISHOLM, TX (August 6, 2021) Mayor Keith Short and McLendon-Chisholm City Council honored the family of former Mayor Mike D. Donegan at a special meeting last night by issuing a proclamation enshrining the news public safety facility like the Mike D. Donegan Public security building in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the community.
“Mike was mayor from 1994 to 2010, which is the longest term in our city’s history,” said Mayor Short. “Mike had the foresight to see what our city could be and always worked tirelessly on our behalf to make it happen.”
“Even after being mayor, Mike worked behind the scenes and was a strong supporter and mentor to past and current council members,” said Mayor Short. “He loved the citizens of McLendon-Chisholm and it showed. He always made you feel like a million bucks and the most important person in the room when you were with him.
A native of Texan, Donegan graduated in 1972 from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He enlisted in the United States Army and achieved the rank of captain during his five years of service.
“Something he never told anyone is that he was a green beret,” added Mayor Short. “This is an exceptional achievement that took a lot of hard work, intense physical training and dedication.”
Donegan was a member of Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117, where he led as commanding officer for three years, and most recently served as Post Chaplin.
Always youth-focused and teaching the importance of being American, Donegan worked with Jan Stonestreet, retired choir director Amy Parks-Heath Elementary, to present an annual program honoring American veterans.
Donegan was also an involved member of the Rockwall County Republican Party, the Rockwall Historical Foundation, the Rockwall Historical Commission, and the Chisholm Baptist Church.
“Mike was a huge supporter of the former McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department and then the city-owned Fire and Rescue Service,” said Mayor Short. “It is a fitting tribute and a mark of appreciation to name the new public security building in his honor. “
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