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Elected to Office: January 2010
Councilmember Mike Brandstetter has served on the City Council in Position 2 since 2010. He currently is the council liaison to the Human Services Funding Advisory Committee.
Councilmember Brandstetter grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. He entered the United States Army in 1969 and moved to Lakewood in 1993 when he became the command sergeant major of the 1st Military Police Brigade at Fort Lewis. During his career, his military assignments took him to Korea, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, Haiti, Panama and a variety of assignments in the United States.
Councilmember Brandstetter retired from the Army in 1999 and joined Bates Technical College, where he is currently the dean for Basic Studies and Engineering. In this capacity, he oversees programs of instruction for over 800 students in GED preparation, English as a Second Language, engineering technician degrees, and specialized programs for low-income residents of Pierce County. He represents the college on the Intercollege Relations Commission, the Council for Basic Skills, and the Articulation and Transfer Council chartered by the Washington State Instruction Commission.
Councilmember Brandstetter holds a BS in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He and his wife, Hae Yon, have been married for 40 years.
Term Expiration: December 31, 2017