Michael Lawson

City Manager's Office
Title: City Manager
Phone: 719-687-9246

Public Service

Michael began working for Woodland Park as assistant city manager in October 2020. He has served as the city manager on an interim basis since December 2020. Previously, Michael worked for the City of San Diego as a management analyst, and then with the City of Aurora for over 12 years in various roles including Manager of City-Wide Special Projects, Interim Community Development Manager, Interim City Clerk, Finance and Budget Program Manager and Finance and Budget Program Administrator. Michael also serves as affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University in the university’s Master of Public Administration program.



Michael holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science, specializing in public law, from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s of Public Administration, specializing in local government, from the University of Colorado Denver. Michael was named Outstanding MPA Student by the UC Denver School of Public Affairs for the Fall 2012 graduating class. Michael also studied for a year at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.


Personal Life

Michael is a native of Southern California but has called Colorado home since 2008. He is married with two young children and a dog. Michael enjoys running, reading, and roasting his own coffee as hobbies. Michael and his family live in Woodland Park.


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