Wynn Butler was first elected to the Manhattan City Commission in April 2011. He served as Mayor in 2014-2015 and 2021. He was re-elected to the Commission in 2021 for a four-year term.
Wynn attended Pennsylvania Military College and the University of Richmond, graduating in 1973 with a degree in history and a commission as a 2nd Lt. (Infantry) United States Army. Wynn earned a master's degree in education from Kansas State University in 1980. He served on active duty as an Infantry and Logistics Officer from 1973 to 1997, with assignments in Germany, Korea, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Benning, Fort Riley, Africa, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He served with the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Shield/Storm and spent three years as an assistant professor of military science (Army ROTC) at Kansas State University.
Wynn retired from the Army in 1997 and began a second career as an administrator and faculty member at Barton County Community College Fort Riley Campus. Wynn has served as an Associate Dean of the Fort Riley Campus and as Executive Director of Distance Learning — bartonline.org. He retired from Barton Community College in August of 2017.