Commissioner Mike Dodson

Elected Position

Mike Dodson was elected to the Manhattan City Commission for a four-year term in April 2015.

He served in the U.S. Army for 37 years, retiring in 2004 as a lieutenant general. He was stationed around the world; his service included two tours at Fort Riley. He deployed with the 1st Infantry Division to Desert Storm as division artillery commander and returned to Fort Riley as the commanding general. Later service included deputy commander in chief U.S. Central Command, commander of stabilization forces in Bosnia and deputy commander U.S. Army Europe. While in the Army, he served as head of contracting for U.S. Army Europe, vice president for USO Europe and board member of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Mike served with Bechtel Corp. for 10 years, working on projects around the world. He served in Iraq for 26 months as managing director for Bechtel operations in Iraq with more than 3 billion projects to restore power, communications, water and wastewater service. As vice president and operations manager, he managed notable projects including construction of the shelter (cover) over the Chernobyl, Ukraine, reactor; construction of facilities in western Asia for the Defense Department; operation and development of the Kwajalein (Marshall Islands), military base and related operations in Huntsville; and construction of the Ground Based Missile Defense Base in Alaska. As president of Bechtel Equipment, he provided equipment to Bechtel projects around the world. Mike also served on the Mission Committee for the Department of Energy Laboratories at Los Alamos and Livermore.

He currently serves as chairman of the National Board of the Armed Services YMCA.

Mike received a bachelor of science degree in business from Cameron University and a master of science degree in engineering from Kansas State University. While in the Army, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College, National War College and the General/Flag Officer Course. He is a member of Seminar XXI at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
  • President of Wyndham Heights Homeowners Association
  • Member of the 2015 Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan committee (Manhattan Area 2035)
Mike and his wife, Diane, have been residents of Manhattan for 11 years. They have three daughters: one resides in Wichita, and two reside in Seattle.