Over his Marine Corps career Mike’s duties took him around the world. He served as commander of Marine aviation units, deputy commander of a Marine base, and on expeditionary campaigns to Iraq and Somalia. He is a parachutist and Naval aviator in both fixed- and rotary winged aircraft; is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College; and retired from the Marine Corps in 2001.
He has budget experience at the Pentagon, Macedonia and Iraq.
Today he continues his service to those who serve and have served. He is a founding member of the Veterans Ministry at Mt Bethel UMC and Marine Corps League 1311. He is an active member of American Legion Post 29 in Marietta. He is a life member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans and the Military Officers Association of America. He worked with the County in the opening the first Georgia Department of Veterans Service office in Cobb.
Mike is very active Mt Bethel United Methodist Church. He was formerly the director of the Men’s Ministry, has served on various committees, is a Sunday School leader, and a volunteer in service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and mission trips both in the United States and abroad.
Since January 1st, 2017, he has been the Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. He has kept his promise of a more open and transparent government by the increased use of town halls, public hearings and social media; a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at Board meetings; and making the budget process more inclusive of the commissioners, elected officials, and County staff. Funding the 2008 Parks bond was another campaign promise that was fulfilled in 2017 with nearly 400 acres of green space purchased by the County.
Mike is a strong believer in taking care of our public servants and has increased their compensation and benefits. This included adopting measures of the pay and class study in 2017 which increased compensation for 2400 members of the staff; a merit raise in 2019 for all County personnel; additional vacation days; a bereavement provision during times of loss of a family member; and paid parental leave for both spouses. He strongly believes that public safety is a County’s highest priority and his actions as chairman reflect this commitment. Police, firemen, and sheriff deputies have all seen increased pay; more body cameras and take-home cars; additional funding for more police officers; a new police headquarters and training range; a new medical examiner facility; and funding the premium for the state retirement program for police officers.
During his tenure library hours have been restored, all parks and recreation facilities have remained open and maintained, and fees for seniors at their centers have been eliminated. He honors members of the armed forces by securing initial funding for the County’s Veterans Memorial and adding Veterans Day as a County holiday.
Under his leadership, the County has adopted measures to bring business to Cobb County and to have them remain here. These actions include incentives for businesses large and small; concierge services that introduce business opportunities in the County; innovation awards for entrepreneurs; “one stop” shopping for developers applying for required permits; and a close relationship with the State of Georgia and the Cobb Chamber to find locations and for prospective businesses.
Mike has worked hard to increase the overall status of the General Fund by selling surplus County property, privatizing the County garages, and having the hotel and motel owners around the Braves stadium fund a large portion of expenses for public safety.
Finally, he has stored fiscal stability to the County that maintains the County’s and County’s Water Department’s AAA bond rating, one that the County has had for more than 20 consecutive years. With his budgets, the County has a strong fund balance. The County still maintains the second lowest millage in the Atlanta region, a rate lower than Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties. For the 3d straight year, the proposed millage rate for the 2021 budget year will remain unchanged.
He believes his work remains unfinished and he is seeking reelection as County Chairman.
He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University.
Mike lives in East Cobb with his wife Judy. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.