Mike Downs began working for the county in 1986 as a zoning inspector. Since, he's served as:
- zoning manager
- director of development services
- director of public safety services
- deputy county manager
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners appointed Downs as county manager in 2011.
He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pfeiffer University in 1983. He also received several certifications. These certifications came from the University of Chapel Hill NC School of Government.
Downs and his wife, Beth, have two grown children. They give back to Cabarrus County through careers in law enforcement and social work.