The Mayor is the city's chief executive officer and is responsible for overseeing operations of the city departments. 

Educated in the West Lafayette School system, he received his Bachelor's in Safety Engineering and Master's in Criminology, both from Indiana State University.  Following college, he joined the Lafayette, Indiana police force, where he rose through the ranks from patrolman to Deputy Chief, the highest-ranking merit position. In addition,  he received numerous awards and recognition, including Officer of the Year.

An avid supporter of community service, he is actively involved in the American Red Cross, the Community and Family Resource Center, the Girl Scouts, the Marquis Foundation, United Way, adjunct faculty - Ivy Tech, and a member of Kiwanis.

Powers and Duties

The Mayor's powers and duties include:

  • Enforcing the ordinances of the city and the statutes of the state
  • Providing a "State of the City" summary to the City Council at least once per year
  • Providing information regarding city affairs that the Common Council requests
  • Recommending action to the City Council
  • Preparing the city budget for council review
  • Calling special meetings of the City Council when necessary
  • Supervising subordinate officers
  • Signing all bonds, deeds, contracts, and licenses issued by the city
  • Appointing heads of executive departments and many board and commission members
  • Suspending or removing many officers or employees appointed by the Mayor
  • Setting the salaries of appointed officials and employees, subject to City Council approval

Contact Us

John Dennis, Mayor
Margerum City Hall (more)
222 N Chauncey Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47906

  • Office: (765) 775-5103
  • Office Hours:
    M-F 8am to 4:30pm

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