Michael Copeland has served as Interim Commerce Secretary since August 2015. He also leads the Department’s Workforce Services Division as Deputy Secretary. Workforce Services directs several initiatives, programs and grants to help train Kansas workers to find and excel at the high demand jobs needed by the state’s employers.
He wears many other hats, including that of Mayor of Olathe, where he has served since 2001 as the city’s longest tenured mayor. He was first elected to the City Council in 1993. Michael is a graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe, where he received the 2009 Alumnus of the Year Award. He is the recipient of many other area recognitions for his efforts on behalf of his community.
A 1994 graduate of Leadership Olathe, Michael is a member of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and KVC Health Systems. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Community College Foundation and Union Station Kansas City. He is a past Chairman of the Johnson and Wyandotte Counties Council of Mayors. He also serves on the Steering Committee for KC Rising.
Michael received the 2007 Citizen of the Year Award from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Board of Directors for KVC Health Systems Inc., he received their Community Partner Award in 2005. That same year, he was named Citizen of the Year by TLC for Children and Families, Inc.
Michael and his wife, Maria, have three children – Olivia, Abigail and Joshua.