Michael received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 1991. He worked in Survey, Design, and Construction for IDOT, District 5 until 1999 when he became County Engineer for Fayette County.
Established on February 14, 1821, Fayette County originally encompassed a large area of central Illinois. It is one of fourteen Illinois counties that derive their names from sources so diverse that they cannot easily be classified under any special head.