Mike grew up in Mobile, Al., but has lived in North Alabama since 1980. He & Patricia have been residents of Madison since 2003. The Potters have two married daughters and two grandchildren – all living in the area. Mike holds a BS degree in applied mathematics from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Al (1970). He graduated from the U.S. Army's prestigious guided missile systems engineering course in 1975 and was then selected to attend graduate school to study electrical engineering. His MSEE degree is from the University of Texas at El Paso (1977). Mike is a graduate of the US Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, and completed an Army research fellowship at the Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California.
Mike is a 20 year Army veteran who retired in 1990 as a lieutenant colonel. In the Army, Mike spent a total of 7 years at Redstone Arsenal in research and development assignments as a systems engineer with the Patriot program and later with the Missile Command’s R&D laboratories. After the Army, Mike continued his systems engineering career with the Raytheon Company in Huntsville. Mike rose in Raytheon’s technical positions to the level of engineering fellow before he retired in 2008
Mike has been involved in community service since becoming a Madison resident. A member of the board of Taylor’s Crossing homeowners association (HOA) since 2003, Mike has been its president since 2008. In 2004, Mike was appointed to the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee from Madison. In 2008, Mike was placed on the City’s Planning Commission (PC) - he is a certified Alabama planning and zoning official (CAPZO). Mike was elected to City Council and represented District 4 from 2012-2016. Mike continues to serve on the Planning Commission and various steering committees for the City. He is a member of American Legion, Post 229 and a serves on the Pastoral Council of Madison’s newest Catholic Church, Most Merciful Jesus.