City of Yuma Councilmember Michael Shelton
Michael Shelton grew up as an only child in Phoenix, Arizona. His grandfather and his Uncle Boots ran a home salvage yard business where he learned the value of hard work. He attended North Phoenix High School where he was accepted into the U.S. Senate Youth Program. This was followed by a B.A. in Political Science at Arizona State University and a Master’s in Public Administration as a National Urban Fellow from Bernard Baruch College, CUNY, and a Certified Public Manager designation from the ASU Advanced School of Public Affairs.
Mr. Shelton would combine a professional life in media with a commitment to public service. He was a PBS television producer/director for KAET-TV when he was executive producer assigned to the impeachment saga of former Arizona governor Evan Mecham. He was a classical music radio broadcaster for KHEP-FM. He was appointed Chairman of the Phoenix Community Services Commission, Phoenix’s Anti-Poverty Program. He was also a leader in a successful citizens effort challenging in federal court school closures in the Phoenix Union High School District.
Living in Yuma, he’s known as a longtime public affairs professional working for eleven years as Assistant to the Yuma City Administrator for Communications and Public Affairs, and then Public Affairs Manager for Rural/Metro. He is currently working as a substitute teacher at Yuma Catholic High School and the Yuma Union High School District.
His community involvements include the former Behavior Health Services Board Chair for Yuma and La Paz counties, Crossroads Mission Advisory Board, the “Christmas in July Coatdrive” and ‘Toasty Toes” socks drive for the homeless, and Public Relations chair for the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground build.
Michael is a writer, a requested keynote speaker, a frequent guest columnist for the Yuma Sun, the composer of a play based on the Book of Job, and performer of dramatic readings from comic book themes. An accomplished speaker, having earned his DTM from Toastmasters International. .He has been the keynote speaker at events at MCAS, YPG, and the U.S.Bureau of Reclamation.
His wife Sharon passed away in November 2010 due to cancer complications. He received a kidney transplant 5 months later in April 2011.
August 25, 2015 Mr. Shelton was elected in the primary to the Yuma City Council. He is possibly the only post-kidney transplant recipient ever elected to any public office in the United States. He is partnering with the National Kidney foundation of Arizona.