Mayor Bobby Dyer was sworn in on November 20, 2018, and is the first Veteran to be directly elected as mayor in Virginia Beach history. Before being sworn in as Mayor, Dyer represented the Centerville District for 14 years. His prior positions include physical therapist, health care executive, business consultant and assistant professor in the School of Government at Regent University. Dyer served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972. In 1976, he earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Saint Louis University and in 1982, a master's in public adminis­tration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University in 2001. 

Bobby currently serves as a City Council liaison to the Atlantic Park Community Development Authority, Human Rights Commission, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the
Process Improvement Steering Committee, which he initiated, and is an appointed member of the Oceana Land Use Conformity Committee.

Bobby and his wife, Trish, live in the Lake Christopher section of the city and have two children and four grandchildren. ​
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