Mayor Mike Watson is a native Arkansan and has been a resident of Maumelle since 1996. He joined the Maumelle Department of Public Safety as a volunteer firefighter the next year and has served with the Maumelle Firefighters until 2006, when he was sworn in as mayor. During his terms as Mayor, Maumelle has constructed a Police Station, Main Fire Station, Public Works Building, Animal Services Building, Transfer Station and Recycling Center, Softball Complex, Tennis Courts and a Skate Park. In addition to the new construction, lights were added to the Football and Multi-purpose Field at the Rolling Oaks Sports Complex.
Mike has served as a board member for Metroplan, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Municipal League, the Pulaski County Solid Waste District, the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, the Metro Little Rock Alliance and is a member of the Pulaski County Inter-Governmental Council.
Mike also served on the Maumelle Planning Commission for nine years. He was the chairperson for six of those nine years.
Mike attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he earned a surveying associate degree in 1979. He is a registered professional land surveyor in the state of Arkansas.
Mike left his career at Crafton, Tull, & Associates, Inc in Little Rock to assume the duties of mayor in 2006. Mike began working there in 2005. He was previously with The Mehlburger Firm, Inc, where he worked for 23 years.
Mike is currently a member of the Maumelle Rotary Club and Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his volunteer contributions in Maumelle, Mike also participates with Love Truth Cares Ministries and has made thirteen trips to Honduras to assist in building projects, one mission trip to Nicaragua, as well as disaster relief projects in the Gulf Coast area and in Carlisle, Clinton, Little Rock, Marmaduke, Scotland and Vilonia, Arkansas.
Mike is a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, where he has served as a deacon for the past eleven years. He and his wife Debbie have been married for 35 years and have one daughter, Amanda, son-in-law, Nathan and granddaughter Reagan.
When Mike isn’t working or volunteering his services, he enjoys outdoor activities like hunting and bass fishing.