Mayor Copeland reading to a group of elementary school children

Michael Copeland is now serving his sixth term as City of Olathe Mayor.

  • Mayor Copeland is the 58th and longest-serving Olathe Mayor.
  • He was first elected Mayor in April 2001.
  • He served as At-Large Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem from April 1995 to April 2001.
  • He was first elected to the Olathe City Council as Ward 4 Councilmember in 1993.

Mayor Copeland currently represents the City of Olathe with the following organizations:

  • Boy Scouts of America Iron Horse Honorary District Committee
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors, Past Chairman
  • Johnson County Community College Foundation Board
  • Johnson County Education Research Triangle Authority
  • KVC Health Systems, Inc. Board
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, Honorary Chairman
  • Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Union Station Kansas City Board
  • Kansas Hospital Authority Board
  • Community Leaders of America Steering Committee

Mayor Copeland has been recognized in several areas of community service:

Promoting equal opportunities and fostering understanding and appreciation among diverse groups in our community:

  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Mid-America Asian Culture Association, 2019
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, Olathe Branch of the NAACP, 2011
  • Chairman’s Award, Olathe Human Relations Commission, 2010

Promoting children’s literacy:

  • Daily Points of Light Award, 2007
  • Friends of Education Award, Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force, 2007

Advocating for our military:

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award, 2006

Supporting youth and families:

  • Citizen of the Year, KidsTLC, 2005
  • Community Partner Award, KVC Health Systems, Inc., 2005


  • Distinguished Community Service Award, MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, 2009
  • Alumnus of the Year, MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, 2009
  • Citizen of the Year, Olathe Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Graduate, Leadership Olathe, 1994

Goals for Olathe

  • Ensure that Olathe remains nationally recognized as one of America's best places to live.
  • Direct City resources toward our citizens' top priorities, such as traffic improvement projects and public safety.
  • Ensure that the City is forward thinking and taking a strategic approach to quality planning for our future.
  • Keep Olathe government open and accessible for our citizens.
  • Broaden our community's tax base, with a focus on knowledge-based jobs for our information-age, global economy.

Mike and his wife Maria live in Olathe with their two daughters, Olivia and Abigail, and their son, Joshua.

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