Term Expires: June 2026
BackgroundMitchel R Lindemann was born in Valley City, North Dakota and was raised primarily in Bismarck, N.D where he graduated from Bismarck High School (1976) and Bismarck Junior College (1978). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State University (1981). After graduation he taught in the North Dakota Public School systems before moving to Arizona in 1986 where he accepted a teaching position with the Duncan Unified School District.
Mr. Lindemann was hired to teach Instrumental Music (Band) for the Douglas Unified School District in 1988. He received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree (1991) and a Master of Arts in Education Administration degree (1993) both from Northern Arizona University. In 1997 Mr. Lindemann received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAU. Mr. Lindemann completed an Internship for Public School Superintendence in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Lindemann also holds Arizona certification in English as a Second language (ESL), Structured English Immersion (SEI) and Administration.
Mr. Lindemann has served the City of Douglas on the Planning and Zoning commission as member, Vice Chairman and Chairman from 1994 to 2005. He was elected Councilman for Ward Two in 2006 and again in 2010 and served until 2014. He was appointed to serve as Chairman of the City of Douglas Finance committee in 2006 and served until 2014.
In 2004; as a Civic-minded individual, Mr. Lindemann applied for and was awarded the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial which toured Douglas from April 9 through 17, 2005 and was presented at the Eighth street Veteran’s Park.
In 2010 Mr. Lindemann was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore (Vice Mayor) for the City of Douglas and served until 2014. He also served as the City if Douglas’ representative to the Southeast Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO) from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Lindemann served as DUSD Summer School Principal in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Lindemann has served as Vice Chairman of the Douglas Education Association, as a faculty member for the Cochise Community College and as a member of the Douglas Unified Schools Blue Ribbon committees. Mr. Lindemann retired after thirty years to pursue other interests such as service to the community. Mr. Lindemann was elected to serve on the Douglas Unified School Board in 2014. In 2017 Mr. Lindemann was appointed to serve on the City of Douglas Charter Review committee. Mr. Lindemann is currently serving as President of the Douglas Unified School Board. Mr. Lindemann has been elected to serve as the Councilman for Ward 2 until 2022.