Mayor, City of Muncie
Dennis Tyler grew up on the south side of Muncie and is a graduate of Muncie Central High School. He proudly served as a line captain for the Muncie Fire Department before retiring after forty-two years of service. On January 4, 2006, he was sworn into office as a state legislator, where he served District 34 honorably for six years. At the Statehouse, Dennis had the privilege of serving on committees that focused on veterans affairs, public safety, employment labor, pensions, roads and transportation, autism, people with disabilities, and government reform.
During his tenure in the general assembly, Dennis 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. Dennis resigned from the legislature in December 2011 to assume the duties of mayor, effective January 1, 2012.
Since that time, Dennis 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, and repaired and constructed 136 sidewalk projects. The city has received more than $26 million in grants and more than $124 million in new payroll, representing more than $400 million in new capital investment. As of January 2018, 3,951 more people than in January 2012 are now employed, and 3,044 people are now off unemployment insurance.
Since his first year in office, Dennis has utilized 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 that 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, Dennis 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 Courtyard by Marriott 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 to learn a skill and to become productive citizens to the communities in which they live. Dennis has also been committed to creating more accessibility for adults and children with disabilities in our public parks by renovating Prairie Creek swimming and beach area to be 100 percent accessible for everyone. Tuhey Park is currently having wheel chair accessibility for swings and monkey bars installed.
Dennis 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. Dennis is also honored to be a member of the local NAACP branch. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Vickie, along with their three children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. One of his greatest joys is riding along the beautiful Cardinal Greenway with family and friends.