Council President Michael Schilling

Personal Background

Councilor Michael Schilling moved to Dallas in 1992 after marrying Michele, where they have raised their three children. Michael grew up near a small community in north central Oregon, before he moved to Corvallis to study at Oregon State University. Michael was involved with mentoring and youth work through his church for 26 years. Michael ran a private construction business for 19 years, before taking a different position in 2006 where he continues to work in land use development and design. Michael’s personal time is spent with his family, fellowship through sound, and in Oregon’s beautiful outdoors.


Master of Business Administration, Oregon State University 1991
Bachelor - Agriculture and Resource Economics, Minor in Political Science and Business, Oregon State University 1989

Public Service

Dallas City Council 2019 to Present
Polk County Planning Commission – Commissioner - 2008 to Present (Chair 2016 to Present)

Critical Issues

  • Business in Downtown Core - Continue to promote and encourage through staff support and education new businesses that are sustainable. By sustainable I refer to: offering patrons an experience, product, or destination not readily available on the Internet.
  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair - Prioritize Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair, working to find alternative funding sources.
  • Fire Life Safety - Prioritize Fire Life Safety as part of the general budget not an afterthought.  We are an aging and growing community that is requiring services to be provided at higher levels. 
  • Financial and Spending Transparency – Continue to educate and provide transparent information to the community. Promote citizens to become active in the Dallas Community.

Community Input

Please contact Michael via email. I would like to hear from you so that I, as your City Councilor, can make informed decisions. I encourage you to become involved and give back to our incredible community. I will continue to try and communicate to you the challenges and opportunities that face our community.