William A. Dory, Jr., Mayor
Bill and his family have lived in Greencastle since 1983, although his wife Kathryn’s family, has lived in the area since the 1800s. Bill served as the original executive director of Main Street Greencastle, Inc., later as the Statewide Coordinator of the Indiana Main Street Program, and prior to election, over 20 years as the executive director of the Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center. Kathryn teaches band and choir at Greencastle Middle School. Their two children are both graduates of Greencastle High School and have embarked on their own careers.
Bill was elected in November of 2015. He brings a strong background of community service, community development, and economic development to the office as well as experience working with various city and county elected officials, boards, and commissions to grow the community.
After receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, he continued his studies at the University of Illinois where he received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
Residents, business owners, students, and visitors are encouraged to contact the mayor to offer suggestions or to note items that need attention.
In general, the mayor is responsible for the overall operation of city government, much like a business owner or manager is responsible for the overall operation of a business. Duties of the mayor as outlined in Indiana Code 36-4-5-3 include:
- enforcing the ordinances of the city and statutes of the state;
- providing a statement of the finances and general condition of the city to the common council at least once a year;
- providing any information regarding city affairs that the common council requests;
- recommending, in writing, to the common council actions that he or she considers proper;
- calling special meetings of the common council when necessary;
- supervising subordinate officers;
- ensuring efficient running of the city;
- filling vacancies in city offices when required;
- signing all bonds, deeds, and contracts of the city and all licenses issued by the city; and
- approving or vetoing ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body.
Various other sections of state law provide these additional duties:
- appoint the heads of executive departments, employees of the departments, and many, if not most, board and commission members;
- suspend or remove officers or employees appointed by the mayor;
- fix the salaries of all appointed officials and employees, except police and fire fighters, and appointees of the clerk-treasurer, subject to reduction by common council;
- conduct monthly meetings of department heads, adopt rules and regulations for individual departments, and arranged for unannounced audits of the accounts of each department;
- prepare the city budget for council review;
- in third class cities, serve as presiding officer of the council and vote only in order to break the tie; and
- solemnize marriages.
In Greencastle, the mayor has traditionally served on the Board of Public Works and Safety. The mayor also serves on the Plan Commission. The mayor is often asked to serve on other boards and committees in the community to represent the city’s interest.