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Meet The Council

Joseph M. Cinko, Member (D)

Current Term:
January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

Represents: Ward 1

Joseph M. Cinko (D) is currently serving his 3rd term from January 1,2016 to December 31, 2019. He represents Ward 1. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 15 years. He has 2 children, Joey (14) and Kayli (11). Joe has been a member of the Dyer Police Department for over 18 years and is active in Dyer sports. His hobbies include coaching and attending his children’s sporting events, which include soccer and softball. He enjoys bowling and fishing when time permits. Joe is a Lake Central High School graduate and an alumni of Purdue University Calumet with an Associate's degree in Science Management. He is a graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He has been a Dyer resident for 40 years.


Jeff Dekker, President (R)

Current Term: January 1, 2015- December 31, 2018

Represents: Ward 2

Jeff Dekker (R) is serving his 2nd term on the Dyer Town Council. He is pleased to have been reelected to serve for the term 2015-2018. He is looking forward to meeting many more of the citizens of Dyer and is happy to share a little bit about himself. He has been married to his wife, JoAnn, for over 31 years; their youngest daughter lives in South Bend with her husband and four children; they see a little less of them than they do the other two daughters, whose families live here in Dyer. They are married and each has three children. Jeff cannot describe how much he and his wife enjoy watching their grandchildren grow and learn and play; they are a blessing of God and create in him and his wife a desire to contribute toward a safe, healthy environment. JoAnn and Jeff enjoy all types of outdoor activities, they ski, hike, and kayak. They like their share of motorized hobbies as well; they snowmobile, motorcycle, and do some boating. When they must be confined indoors they are not afraid of home projects and enjoy cooking together. They are both active members of their church, New Hope Church in Lansing, IL. Jeff has a tendency to be a leader, organizer, and planner; he has used these abilities in the various businesses that he has been involved in over the years. He is presently employed at Professional Building Services as Senior Project Manager. He coordinates the project activities such as budget, schedules, contracts etc. of commercial, industrial, and institutional construction projects. The glut of vacancies in real estate at present causes some contraction of construction activities allowing him more time for marketing of building services. He is proud of his involvement over the years in the construction of many buildings where many people now live and work, worship, and conduct business. He is eager to serve on the Council in the town he has lived in for much of his life. Jeff would like to thank you for entrusting him with this important job.

Cathy J. Lareau, Member (R) 

Current Term: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2019

Represents: Ward 3

Although Cathy is serving her 1st term on the Dyer Town Council, she is not new to the community in which she now serves. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Dyer in 1987 and had the joy of raising their two sons, Lane and Luke, in what she considers a wonderful hometown community.

Cathy and her family have been actively involved in Dyer in various ways throughout the years. Over the last 20 years, Cathy volunteered on committees and boards within the town. From 2012-2015, she served on the Dyer Park Board as both vice president and president.

In her years serving in leadership positions in both church and town, Cathy realized that she is in the service of others. While maintaining a steady course of common sense, she has worked alongside others with honesty, integrity and respect.

Cathy's vision is to work toward maintaining Dyer as a great community to raise a family and to live a quality life - whichever season of life you are in. Those who know her have said that when she does something, she gives 110 percent. She is committed to giving that same percentage on the Town Council and looks forward to serving you in the days and years to come.

Mary Tanis, Vice President (R)

Current Term: January 1, 2015- December 31, 2018

Represents: Ward 4

The main focus as President of the Dyer Town Council is ensuring security to the Dyer residents.  During the past 5 years, Mary has supported training our Police and Fire departments as well as providing adequate funding to maintain our force.
Our current challenge is improving and maintaining our roads and infrastructure (water, sanitary and stormwater lines).
Mary is a lifelong resident of Dyer.  In addition, she is a retired teacher of 40 years at Kahler Middle School.  She has 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She is married to husband Ken, who has 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Spending time with family is a priority in her life.

Her interests are children, traveling and tree stewardship.  Dyer is a Tree City. Mary advocates for proper planting, maintaining and increasing the canopy (the tops of trees forming a kind of ceiling) in order to filter stormwater and keep our town beautiful.

Assisting residents is the best part of this job and she would like to thank the voters for their confidence in the Dyer Town Council.

Debbie Astor, Member (R)

Current Term: January 1, 2015- December 31, 2018

Represents: Ward 5

Debbie Astor (R) is serving a 3rd term for the Dyer Town Council from January 1st , 2015 to December 31st, 2018. She sat on the council before in the years 2003-2006. She represents Ward 5. Debbie has been involved in government since 1995, sitting on different boards and commissions. She has lived in Dyer for 24 years with her husband Randy, whom she has been married to 35 years, with their daughter Amanda. She worked for the Walmart Corporation for 22 years and is now retired. In our economy today, it is important to make decisions that are best for the residents, businesses and not-for-profits in our town to make sure Dyer is secure now and in the future.