County Commissioner

Donald W. Hawthorne

Education: B. S. Degree, Oklahoma State University, 1965 (Wildlife Management)

Current Position:  Commissioner, Comanche County District 3


  1. Serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center.
  2. Serves on the Comanche County Health Department Board
  3. Commissioners representative on the Circuit Engineering District # 6 Board
  4. Serves on the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma’s Legislative Commission
  5. Served as Trustee and past Chairman of the Cache Economic Development Authority.
  6. Served as Legislative Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture during the 1999 Legislative Session
  7. As Associate Deputy Administrator in Washington, D. C. shared in the responsibility for directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) research and operational programs in the 50 States and U.S. Territories.
  8. Worked as Regional Director of USDA’s Western WS Regional Office directing the programs in 18 western mainland states, Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific Islands, and administered an annual budget of over $21 million.
  9. State Director of USDA, Texas Wildlife Services program consisting of 250 Federal, State, and Cooperative employees and managed Federal, State and cooperative funding totaling $5 million.


  1. Prepared the budget for the last two fiscal years for the County.
  2. Upgraded District 3′s equipment by replacing five older motor graders with new ones, bought new backhoe and front-end loader, added newer trucks to the fleet, including three 2014 10-wheel Mack dump trucks.  Obtained a grant to purchase a new wood chipper, and bought a patch truck and a Graudall.
  3. Completed S.W. Lee Blvd.,  5.4 miles and over a 6 million dollar project.
  4. Improved the District 3 offices by adding 1,475 square feet of office space at the County barn using non-highway funds.
  5. Served on the Cache Economic Development Authority where I obtained a $50,000 grant from McMahon Foundation for the Cache Community Center and funding of $125,000 from Comanche County Industrial Authority for capital improvements on the golf course at Cache.
  6. Established a new Regional Office for the USDA Wildlife Services Western Region to support the 18 western States, Hawaii, Alaska, and the South Pacific Islands.
  7. Made the initial contacts with the Governor and other officials of Guam to develop a brown tree snake control program to prevent its spread to the Hawaiian Islands.
  8. Increased the cooperative funding for the Texas Wildlife Services program from $1,781,140 to $3,585,805 in a 10 year period.

Honors and Awards:

  1. Special Achievement Award for exceptional leadership of the USDA Wildlife Services Western Region.
  2. USDA’s Departmental Sustained Superior Performance Award for exceptional competence in building and maintaining team spirit and effective use of human resources.
  3. Superior Service Award for outstanding leadership in administration of a major USDA, APHIS program.
  4. Distinguished Service Award from Texas A&M University for outstanding leadership of the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Services program.


  1. Hawthorne,, Ch. “Identifying and Control of Wildlife Damage”, Research and Management Techniques for Wildlife and Habitats (1994)
  2. Hawthorne, “Prospects for the Future in Animal Damage Control”, Great Plains Wildlife Damage Control Workshop Proceedings, (1993)
  3. Hawthorne,, “Professionalism in Wildlife Damage Management”, Trans. 57th North Am. Wildlife and Natural Conf., (1992)
  4. Hawthorne, Ch. “Identifying and Control of Wildlife Damage”, Research and Management Techniques for Wildlife and Habitats, (1979)


  1. National Rifle Association of America
  2. Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association
  3. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  4. Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Community Service:

  1. Currently serves as Treasurer at the Cache First United Methodist Church.
  2. A member of the Board of Directors for the Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society.