WICHITA — Wichita City Council member Michael O’Donnell II has a new job.
After more than six years of working in sales for Clear Channel Radio, O’Donnell is going to work for Wink Hartman Sr. He’s done some past work for Hartman, but never full time.
“He’s spread so thin,” O’Donnell says. “He owns over 50 companies. I don’t know how he does it.”
O’Donnell will handle public relations, communications and government affairs for Hartman, which includes his Hartman Arena, restaurants and other companies.
“Everything,” O’Donnell says.
Although Hartman occasionally has a zoning issue that comes before the planning commission, O’Donnell says he’s not a regular in front of City Council, so he doesn’t expect a conflict of interest to arise.
“He never asks for any sort of incentives,” O’Donnell says. “Wink’s a do-it-yourself kind of guy.”
He adds, “If there ever was an issue … I would obviously recuse myself from that.”