Significant achievements under Mike's leadership


I-35 & Lone Elm Road Interchange


I-35 Overpass at 127th Street


Elevation of Railway Tracks

Santa Fe, Ridgeview, Park, and Loula Streets

Expansion of Police Headquarters Building


Black Bob Bay Outdoor Aquatics Park


Renovation of Oregon Trail Park


Lone Elm Park


K7 / Santa Fe Redevelopment

Awards & Recognition

Arbor Day Foundation "Tree City USA"

The City of Olathe is named a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 27th consecutive year Olathe receives the designation.

Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities Program "Digital City" Award

The City of Olathe is recognized as the nation's second ranked "digital city" for mid-sized cities.

CQ Press Safest Cities in U.S.

The City of Olathe is considered the 49th safest city out of 400 cities with a population over 75,000 according to the City Crime Rankings 2010-2011: Crime in Metropolitan America report published by CQ Press.

Certified Local Government Recognition

In April 2010, the Planning Division was recognized for its historic preservation efforts and was recognized as a Certified Local Government by the State of Kansas, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Interior.

Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA’s recommended practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. Through the hard work and dedication of the City of Olathe’s Budget staff, the City submitted the approved 2010 budget and won the award for the sixth time.

Kansas Rural Water Association "Best Tasting Water in Kansas" Award

City of Olathe water is judged the "Best Tasting Water in Kansas" for the second time in three years. Nineteen water systems from cities and water districts competed in the event judged by a cross-section of individuals in the public drinking water industry including officials from city and rural water systems, State of Kansas officials and consultants.

Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) "Wastewater Collection System Award"

The City of Olathe Wastewater Collection Program receives the award, presented to municipalities for outstanding and significant contributions in the area of wastewater collection.

National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Recognizes Olathe Wastewater Treatment Plants

Both Olathe wastewater treatment plants are cited for distinguished performance in wastewater treatment. The Cedar Creek Plant receives the agency's Gold Award for 100% compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for 2009. The Harold Street Plant receives the Silver Award for its 2009 compliance.

ICMA Center for Performance Measurement "Certificate of Excellence"

The City of Olathe receives the highest honor given to a city government for its efforts in performance measurement and management with the 2009 ICMA CPM Certificate of Excellence. Olathe is 1 of only 14 cities across the country to receive this honor in 2009.

ICMA "Community Partnership" Program Excellence Award

The City of Olathe receives the 2009 "Community Partnership" Program Excellence Award for cities over 50,000 in population. Olathe received this award for its partnership with Kansas State University in the creation of the Kansas Innovation Campus near K-7 and College Blvd.

Standard & Poor's upgrades Olathe's Water & Sewer bond rating to AA

The Standard and Poor's Rating Agency upgrades the City of Olathe's Water & Sewer bond rating to AA, which is the third highest rating a bond is eligible to receive.

Water Treatment Facilities receive Gold Peak Performance Award

The City of Olathe's two water treatment facilities receive Gold Peak Performance Awards by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for their performance in 2008.

2008 Money Magazine ranks Olathe as "America's 11th Best Place to Live"

The City of Olathe ranks 11th by Money Magazine on their list of America's Best Places to Live over 50,000 in population, noting the city's growth and major employers. This follows Olathe's 2006 ranking of 13th Best Place to Live.

Kansas Water Environment Association's "Collection Systems Award"

Olathe's Wastewater Collection Program is recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association with their annual "Collection Systems Award." This is the sixth time in seven years the City of Olathe has received this award.

"Pro Patria Award" presented to the City of Olathe

The City of Olathe receives the "Pro Patria Award" at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) annual awards banquet.