Mike Copeland is now serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Olathe. He was first elected Mayor in April, 2001. Prior to that, he served as an at-large Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, positions he had held since April, 1995. He was first elected to the Olathe City Council in 1993 to represent Ward 4.
A 1994 graduate of Leadership Olathe, Michael is a member of the Board of Directors for the Olathe Chamber of Commerce, the Olathe Library Board, and the Board of Directors for Union Station Kansas City, Inc. He is a past Chairman of the Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors.
Michael received the 2007 Citizen of the Year Award from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Board of Directors for KVC Behavioral HealthCare, he received their Community Partner Award in 2005. That same year, he was named Citizen of the Year by TLC for Children and Families, Inc.
Michael was honored with the 2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award by the Olathe Branch of the NAACP. His leadership and success in promoting equal opportunities and fostering understanding and appreciation among diverse groups in the Olathe community were also recognized by the Olathe Human Relations Commission, who presented him with their Chairman's Award in 2010.
Michael is a strong advocate for our military and was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award in 2006 for his support of City employees and their families deployed with the National Guard and Reserve.
An active proponent of literacy, Mike was named a Daily Points of Light Award winner in 2007 for his work with the Olathe Reads program and "I Read With Mayor Mike" literacy initiative in Olathe's Title 1 elementary schools. His efforts to promote reading to Olathe youth received state-wide recognition when he was honored with a 2007 Friends of Education Award by the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force.
Mike serves as Honorary Chairman of the Olathe Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, now celebrating the most successful campaign in its history. The Fund supports thirteen local charities who serve Olathe children and families.
A graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Michael received the University's 2009 Alumnus of the Year Award. He is a 2004 recipient of MNU's Distinguished Community Service Award. Michael and his wife Maria live in Olathe with their two daughters, Olivia and Abigail, and their son, Joshua.