Position: Council Member Seat 7
Elected: 04-01-01 to 03-31-05
Phone: (850) 862-5530
Mike Anderson has lived in Fort Walton Beach since 1979. Upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a degree in Industrial Management, he entered the Air Force. Mayor Anderson retired from the Air Force in 1984 as a Lt Col and began working with
Civil Service at Eglin AFB in 1985. He retired from Civil Service in 2005.
Mayor Anderson holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of West Florida.
Prior to being elected Mayor, he served four years as a Fort Walton Beach City Council Member. His early involvement in the City was as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Group and the Around-the-Mound Project Advisory Group. As a City Councilman, he was a member of the Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and the Northwest Florida Regional TPO.
Mayor Anderson is the Past President of the Okaloosa County League of Cities and the Northwest Florida League of Cities. In 2007, he received the Florida Mentoring Partnership’s Local Government Mentor of the Year award and was selected as the Florida League of Cities Mayor of the Year.
Mayor Anderson was selected the Northwest Florida League of Cities 2008 Elected Municipal Official of the Year. In 2008, he was recognized by Team Eglin with the James E. Plew Outstanding Community Ambassador Award. He began his second term as Mayor in April 2009, after being reelected without opposition. In 2013, he was re-elected for another 4-year term.
Mayor Anderson is currently on the Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors Boards of Directors.
He is a member of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Military Affairs Committee, plus Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee.
In addition, he is on the Association of Marine Institute for Kids — Emerald Coast Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for the Okaloosa School Foundation (Take Stock in Children) and the Shelter House Board.
Mayor Anderson and his wife Linda have two sons, Matt and Sam.
Board & Committee Appointments:
Community Partnership Program
Okaloosa County League of Cities Board of Directors
Okaloosa County Public Transit Cooperative Board
Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council Board