“Mike served as Mayor from 1994 to 2010, which is the longest tenure in the history of our city,” said Mayor Short. “Mike had the foresight to see what our city could be, and always worked tirelessly on our behalf to get there.”
“Even after he was Mayor, Mike worked behind the scenes and was a strong supporter and mentor to past and current councilmembers,” said Mayor Short. “He loved the citizens of McLendon-Chisholm and it showed. He always made you feel like a million dollars and the most important person in the room when you were with him.”
A native Texan, Donegan was a 1972 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and achieved the rank of Captain during his five years of duty.
“Something he never told anyone was that he was a Green Beret,” added Mayor Short. “That is an exceptional accomplishment that took a lot of hard work, intense physical training and dedication.”
Donegan was member of the Terry Fisher American Legion Post 117, where he led as Commander for three years, and served more recently as the Post Chaplin.
Always focused upon young people and teaching the importance of being an American, Donegan worked with retired Amy Parks-Heath Elementary Choir Director, Jan Stonestreet, to present an annual program honoring U.S. veterans.
Donegan was also an involved member of the Rockwall County Republican Party, the Rockwall Historical Foundation, the Rockwall Historical Commission and Chisholm Baptist Church.
“Mike was a strong supporter of the former McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department and then the City-owned Fire & Rescue Department,” said Mayor Short. “It is fitting tribute and show of appreciation to name the new public safety building in his honor.”