MOUNT VERNON, October 9, 2023 – The City of Mount Vernon has hired Tanner Salyers as its
new Safety-Service Director. His first day in the office will be Monday, October 16, 2023, when he
will begin his onboarding and orientation.
Salyers, who has served as Knox County Recorder since June 2021, sat on the Mount Vernon City
Council from 2019 to 2021, and is currently the City’s Recreation Director. He succeeds as Safety-
Service Director Richard Dzik, who left in September of this year to become the City Manager of
Huber Heights, Ohio, after serving as Safety-Service Director here since December 2019.
“Tanner is a self-starter and is someone who does his
homework before making a decision. He’s a creative problem
solver and understands what we’re trying to accomplish in the
City through modernizing our structure and services to the
public,” said Mayor Matthew Starr.
“We’re excited to have him on board.”
Salyers is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University
and Kent State University, and has a Master’s Degree in
Public Administration. Mayor Starr noted that Salyers, with an
educational background in government and economics, has
studied for the position he’s now assuming.
Starr added that Salyers, as a former member of City Council,
understands the legislative side of government, has overseen
a departmental budget at the County Recorder’s office, and
also knows how the legislative process works at the State
level. He has connections in Columbus, throughout the State,
and in Washington, D.C.
“The City of Mount Vernon is experiencing an exciting time for
its people and its government. We have an opportunity for smart growth and smart development,”
“I look forward to working with the Mayor, his administration, and all of our team members at the
City as well as Council in seeing our mission carried forward.”
Salyers lives in the north end of Mount Vernon with his wife and daughter. They attend Lifepoint