Mayor 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, to include two tours in Vietnam. 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, Commanding General  of stabilization forces in Bosnia and Deputy Commanding General,  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 11 years, working on projects around the world. He served in Iraq for 26 months as managing director for Bechtel operations in Iraq with 99 projects valued at more than $3 billion to restore power, communications, water and wastewater service. As vice president and operations manager, he managed such notable projects as construction of the shelter (cover) over the Chernobyl, Ukraine, nuclear 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 is past chairman of the National Board of the Armed Services YMCA and past  chairman of the compensation committee. He is board chairman of SAVE, an organization to move service members and veterans to careers in agriculture.

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 Army Flight School, the basic and advanced artillery schools, the Command and General Staff College, National War College and the General/Flag Officer Course. He was a member of Seminar XXI at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Member of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of the Riley County Law Board
  • Past President, currently Vice President of Wyndham Heights Homeowners Association
  • Member of the 2015 Manhattan Urban Area Comprehensive Plan committee (Manhattan Area 2035)
  • Member and board member of noon Rotary
  • Board member of Senior Service Center
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.