Public Works, Utilities, and Parks
Michael J. Olson, Assistant City Manager & Public Works Director

As the Assistant City Manager, Michael reports to the City Manager and covers the responsibilities of the City Manager when she is on leave.  Olson, Michael 12-2020, cropped2

Michael is responsible for the administration of the Department of Public Works (DPW) which includes the water, wastewater and stormwater system, the roads, cemetery, motor vehicle pool, and parks. He manages day to day operations, maintaining an operational budget of $5.4 Million, oversees the DPW personnel, and capital improvement projects. Michael works diligently to correct, improve, and change processes and systems within the department to best serve the residents of Mason. 

Michael holds State of Michigan Depart of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy S-1, D-4, F-4, and Class D municipal wastewater treatment certifications, has had FEMA NIMS Training, and is a Graduate of Michigan Public Service Institute. He has an Associate Degree in Business Administration and will complete his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in Business Administration with major in Organizational Behavior and HR Management from U of M-Flint in the spring of 2021.

Michael started his career in Public Works in 1997 for the City of Hazel Park and has served the public for the Village of Lake Orion, City of Madison Heights, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, and recently comes to Mason from Mackinac Island MI, where he was the Director of Public Works and spent most of his free time as a first responder Coxswain with the Mackinac Marine Rescue.

Michael is a life-long student of learning and believes in the philosophy of perpetual betterment, not only for himself, but also for the City of Mason. He believes in the One City, Whole Person, and Solution Mind Set approach to achieve the City of Mason Team goals.

Becoming a City of Mason resident in April of 2020, both Michael and his wife love the city for its small-town feel, the strong sense of community, historic beauty, and how the residents step up to help others in need.


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Public Works is responsible for the maintenance and construction of much of the infrastructure that the City of Mason residents and visitors use everyday.  This includes streets, storm drainage systems, the water distribution systems, and park and recreation facilities.  

The City maintains: 
 32.03  Miles of major roads and neighborhood streets
 798 Traffic control signs
 44.26 Miles of sidewalks and multi-use pathways
 4 Major bridges
 45 Miles of water main pipe
 600 Fire hydrants
 3,300 Water service connections 
 32 Miles of sanitary sewer main pipe 
 61 Vehicles and major pieces of equipment in the City's fleet
City Parks that have 92.74 acres of grass and many buildings
Riverwalk trail that is 2.5 miles long
Cemetery that is 38 acres
>3,300  Trees in the right of ways and parks

PARKS                                                                                                                                      
Learn more about our parks by clicking here.
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STORMWATER                                                                                                                         
Learn more about our stormwater system by clicking here.
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