Peter Seikel just finished his first week on the job as Perkins’ city manager, and he’s already found himself a busy, busy man.

Between catching up with how things are done at City Hall to learning about the water problems facing the city, Seikel hasn’t gotten any breaks just because he’s the new guy.

But he couldn’t be working for a better community, he said.

“It’s a great community and has great potential,” Seikel said. “I want to see how far we can take it.”

The job became vacant when Jack Rosson’s resignation became effective June 1. The City Commission then hired interim City Manager David Lester, whose employment contract will terminate no later than Sept. 15.

Mayor Mel Miller said he and the commission are enthusiastic about Seikel’s background and experience.

“He brings a great deal of expertise” to solve problems the city may face, Miller said.

One of the immediate problems Seikel is trying to solve is the city’s outdoor watering ban that was put into effect last month. Although there has been more rain and cooler weather recently, the ban remains in place.

However, Seikel said there’s a good indication water usage in the city is decreasing and he and other city officials will meet early next week to discuss whether the ban can be relaxed.

Seikel is originally from Ohio but moved to Oklahoma nearly 30 years ago. He came to the state while still on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.

He received a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Park University of Missouri and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma.

After serving 22 years on active duty, Seikel retired from the Air Force 16 years ago and worked a short time with the U.S. Postal Service.

In 1998, Seikel was hired by the city of McLoud in his first administrative position before being hired in Perkins.

Seikel described himself as open to criticism and new ideas and said the best ideas usually come from long-time residents.

He added he went through four administration changes in his eight years in McCloud and said he’s adept at dealing with change.

Miller said Seikel was one out of about 18 applicants for the position and one out of just three who were interviewed.

When he applied for the position in Perkins, Seikel said he knew the city had a tremendous amount to offer and a lot more to gain.

“It’s not without problems, but I think we can make progress,” he said.

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