Wilburton is a vibrant community of just under 3000, with an opportunistic spirit like no other. From its people to its landscape, we truly reside in the most beautiful place in Oklahoma. We are a college town, with one of the most gorgeous state parks just five miles up the road. Many people from all walks of life come here to live, work and raise a family.
On Friday nights in the fall, you can find many of us in our purple and white, seated about the fifty yard line, cheering our Diggers to victory, or watching Mountaineer hoops at EOSC. You are always greeted with a warm welcome, and a smile. We truly strive to be that "shining city on a hill", or in our case "in the valley". If you are looking for a great place to live, start a business, or vacation, Wilburton is a great choice for you and your family. Wilburton hosts a fine public school system, as well as one of the largest junior colleges in the state. I hope that you come to visit us here at the gateway to southeast Oklahoma.
Mayor Loran Mayes was elected April 4th, 2023. Mayor Mayes and her family found their home here in 2019. She has a Bachelor and Master Degree in Parks and Recreation Management and a Master in Leadership and Communication. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA of Oklahoma and as a Park Manager with Oklahoma State Parks.
Mayor Mayes is a full-time Mayor who guides and directs all aspects of the municipal government on a daily basis. Duties include fiscal oversight and employee management, addressing public concerns, and chairing the Wilburton Public Works Authority Board where she oversees it's daily operations. Mayor Mayes presents an annual budget for all city and public works departments to the governing body each fiscal year, and sees that the budget is carried out in accordance to the wishes of the City Council and the Oklahoma Municipal Budget Act. The Mayor works closely with all elected city officials and employees to insure that the city's operation run smoothly. The Mayor is also available as her schedule permits to visit or speak to your club or organization, just contact us!
Mayor Mayes is active in the community, serving as a member of Wilburton Lion’s Club, lead for Women of Wilburton, member of the first class of Leadership Latimer County, member of Oklahoma Municipal League, active in Oklahoma Southeast, and supporter of Wilburton Public schools and Eastern Oklahoma State College.