Office of the Mayor
Dennis Tyler grew up on the south-side of Muncie, Indiana and is a graduate of Muncie Central High School. He proudly served as a Line Captain for the Muncie Fire Department before retiring after 42 years of service. On January 4th, 2006, he was sworn into office as a State Legislator, where he served District 34 honorably for six years. At the Statehouse, Tyler had the privilege of serving on committees that focused on veteran's affairs, public safety, employment labor, pensions, roads and transportation, autism, people with disabilities, and government reform.
During his tenure in the general assembly, Tyler was a strong advocate for victims of violent crimes, creating legislation on intestate succession, which states that a parent may not receive an intestate share of the estate of the parent's minor or adult child if the parent was convicted of causing the death of the child's other parent. Tyler resigned from the Legislature in December 2011 to assume the duties of Mayor effective January 1, 2012.
Since that time, Mayor Tyler and his administration have re-opened two fire stations, consolidated animal control, re-initiated summer programming in the parks, repaved more than 179 lane miles of roads, graded and repaired 672 alleys, repaired, constructed 136 sidewalk projects. The City has received over $26 million in grants, 3,951 more people are now employed in January 2018 than in January 2012, over $124M in new payroll, representing over $400 million in new capital investment. 3,044 people are now off unemployment insurance.
Mayor Tyler has been active in many community organizations, including United Way of Delaware County, the Knights of Pythias Lodge #37, the Fraternal Order of Eagles #231, Habitat For Humanity, 100 Men Who Cook, and AWAKEN. Mayor Tyler is also honored to be a member of the local NAACP Branch. Mayor Tyler enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Vickie, along with their three children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. One of the Mayor's greatest joys is rides along our beautiful Cardinal Greenway with family and friends.
Since his first year in office, Mayor Tyler utilizes a third flag pole in front of Muncie City Hall to fly the Autism Flag that was presented to him by the Hillcroft Center, a local nonprofit community partner who assists people with disabilities and special needs during National Autism Awareness Month. The response was so overwhelmingly positive, that he continues to fly the Autism flag at City Hall in honor of families in Muncie-Delaware County who have loved ones living with Autism.
In addition to his support of Autism, Mayor Tyler pledged his commitment to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities by partnering with the Arc of Indiana to create a training institute for hospitality and food management at a new Marriott Courtyard Hotel in downtown Muncie. Not only is the hotel a much needed lodging facility for downtown Muncie, the training institute is a one-of-a kind program for individuals with developmental disabilities from all over the U.S. to come to Muncie, Indiana to learn a skill and to become productive citizens to the communities in which they live. Mayor Tyler has also been committed to creating more accessibility for adults and ch ildren with disabilities in our public parks by renovating Prairie Creek swimming and beach area to 100% accessibility for .everyone. Tuhey Park is currently having wheel chair accessibility for swings and monkey bars installed.
About the Office
The Mayor is the city executive and the head of the executive branch. The specific duties and responsibilities are defined by state statutes (Indiana Code 36-4-5). A few of those items include: enforcement of City and State statutes, informing the legislative body a variety of required items of information, make recommendations to the legislative body, supervise subordinate officers, ensure efficient government of the city, and approve or veto ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body.