Born in Washington, D.C., Michael was educated in Baltimore graduating from Mount Saint Joseph High School in 1968, Michael served in the United States Marine Corps 1969-1971 and is a Vietnam Veteran.

After military service, Michael resumed his education receiving two Associate Degrees; Business Management (1979) and Environmental Science (1989) from Anne Arundel Community College, a Bachelors in Management Science from the University of Baltimore in 1995, graduating cum laude, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University in 2005. Michael has also studied Environmental Economics at the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa (2006) and is a Fellow at the University of Maryland’s Academy for Excellence in Local Governance.

Michael worked for 22 years in Chemical Manufacturing providing environmental support in chemical waste disposal, where in 2001 he was awarded the Water and Waste Operators Associations Distinguished Service in Industrial Waste Management Award for his efforts in this field.

Michael moved his family to the Town of St. Michaels in 2002. In 2004, Michael was appointed to the St. Michaels Board of Appeals, serving as Board president in 2007. Michael was elected as a Commissioner of the Town in 2008, serving as Commission president from September 2009 through June 2012. During his tenure as Commissioner, Michael oversaw the completion of phase one of the St. Michaels bike trail and the resolution of the Miles Point development issue, as well as the completion of the Muskrat Park project, while reducing business and residential taxes by 15% in two years. Michael has also served on the Talbot County Economic Development Commission (2009-2012); served on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Municipal League (2009-2012) serving as vice president District 2 (2011-2012).

Michael has two children, Kathleen and Michael Jr., both living in Baltimore.

Michael continues to live in St. Michaels with his wife Barbara and two rescue dogs, Journie and Tiberius.

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