Michael was instrumental in casting the vision for the creation of the DCS and has served as Commissioner since its inception in July 2015.

Prior to being appointed the first Commissioner of the DCS, Michael held multiple senior and executive leadership roles with the Georgia Department of Corrections and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles including Director of Probation Training, Director of Probation, Corrections Division Director, and Executive Director of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Notable accomplishments throughout his career include streamlining the prison diagnostic system, starting Georgia’s first Day Reporting Centers, creating the Probation Options Management program, implementing virtual offices and virtual hearings, leading transformative criminal justice reform legislation, contributing to implementation efforts of the Georgia Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, and being the first community supervision agency in the nation to issue body cameras to all community supervision officers.

With over 33 years of experience, Michael is nationally recognized as a thought leader in the fields of corrections and community supervision and a recipient of multiple state and national awards, including the 2016 American Probation and Parole Association Walter Dunbar Memorial Award and the 2017 National Association of Probation Executives Dan Richard Beto Award. 

Michael was a member of the three-year Executive Session on Community Supervision at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which led to the publication of "Less Is More: How Reducing Probation Populations Can Improve Outcomes".

Michael continues to serve in various roles and capacities on numerous councils and commissions, including the National Steering Committee for JusticeCounts and the Advisory Board for Familiar Faces. Additionally, he actively engages with projects sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and National Institute of Justice. 

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of West Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University, and is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.