Mayor Bobby Dyer was elected Mayor in November, 2018. He is the first Veteran and the first Ph.D. to be elected Mayor of Virginia Beach.
Mayor Dyer’s electoral success began in 2004, when he defeated a six-year incumbent who outspent him over five-to-one. Dyer championed small business and supporting the Navy. He warned that encroaching development risked NAS Oceana being added to the BRAC list. Bobby Dyer was right, and a year later, the BRAC Commission added Oceana to the list of base closures.
Bobby Dyer’s foresight prepared the city to defend and save Oceana, saving over 16,000 jobs with a payroll of close to $1.2 billion and preserving the economic vitality of Virginia Beach.
Bobby Dyer served his country as a United States Marine until 1972. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Louis University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickenson University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.
Bobby Dyer is a practicing home care physical therapist and was Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor with the Regent University School of Government, as well as an Assistant Professor with Hampton
University, an Instructor at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct Professor at South University.
Bobby Dyer also served on the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapist and worked in various roles in numerous hospitals and medical centers in the state prior to moving to Virginia.
Bobby Dyer is a community leader, serving on various Boards and Task Forces at the local and state level.
Dyer received the 2012 Julian F. Hirst Award for Distinguished Service from the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Dyer worked at the state level to curb unfunded mandates and serves at the regional level on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.
Bobby and his wife, Trish, live in the Lake Christopher section of the Centerville District in Virginia Beach
and have two children and four grandchildren.
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