J. Michael Wilkes

Michael Wilkes
City Manager

Michael, a native of Alabama, earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama and his Master of Public Administration Degree from Georgia State University. He began his local government career in 1984 as an administrative intern in the County Manager's Office in Jackson County, Oregon. He subsequently worked in Eugene, Oregon as a budget analyst before going to work for Gwinnett County, Georgia.  Though he began work in Gwinnett County as the Budget Manager, he progressed through the organization to eventually become Assistant County Manager over the course of seven years with the county.

Michael spent six years as the City Administrator of Alpharetta, Georgia, the fastest growing city in the state of Georgia.  Since January 1999, Michael has served as the City Manager of Olathe, Kansas.  Olathe has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing communities (#33 according to a 2009 U. S. Census estimate) in America over the last decade and in 2008, Olathe was recognized by Money Magazine as the 11th Best Place to Live in the country. Olathe is also an award-winning community which has received a number of national awards for various programs. 

Since arriving in Olathe, Michael has been involved in several community activities. Among his community service, Michael is: a current member of the Santa Fe Trail Rotary Club; a member of the Executive Committee of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board and the Olathe Economic Development Council; a member of the Olathe Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Council; and also serves as the Chair of the National Board for the Alliance for Innovation. He attends Grace Church, where he also serves in the position of secretary on the board of directors at the church. He also currently serves as the secretary of the school board for Heritage Christian Academy, a local K-12 school.  Michael is also a past board member of Johnson County United Way and the Olathe Region United Way.

Michael was recognized with the 2007 Olathe Character Council, Character Award for City Government. He was selected and graduated as a member of the 2005 Class of Leadership Kansas and was named Olathe Citizen of the Year in 2001. Michael was also recognized as one of Olathe's 150 Most Notable People (#58) in honor of Olathe's Sesquicentennial celebration. 

Michael is married to Holly, and they have two daughters.