Talk to officials around city hall, and few will deny Mayor Martin Dyer merits recognition for his years of service.
The eight-time mayor  was named 2017 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year by the Oklahoma Municipal League for representing a community with more than 5,000 in population. He was presented the award Sept. 13 from the Mayors Council of Oklahoma during the OML Annual Conference awards banquet in Tulsa.
Criteria for consideration requires nominees to be an MCO member and in elected municipal office at the time of the presentation, according to a press release from the city. Additionally, nominees must complete a minimum of three years of service in an elected municipal office and their municipality must be an OML member.
Dyer said the council decided to award him for his 37 years of public service in local legislation, as well as his involvement in improving area infrastructure.
City Manager J.D. Spohn said one of the lasting projects Mayor Dyer is responsible for is the expansion of North Rockford Road, which used to turn into a dirt road not far after passing the railroad tracks. The road now routes to a host of businesses, and is one
accomplishment in legion, Spohn said.
“He was in the legislature before. He’s been on the commission for 37 years. He’s been here long before me,” Spohn said. “When you think about all the projects and things he’s done for Ardmore, he really does deserve it.”
Dyer said one project he is particularly fond of is the 8 in the 80s program he spearheaded in the early 1980s. The goal was to accomplish eight programs within a decade by implementing a one percent sales tax that still exists today. Dyer said he and his team accomplished the projects in just three to four years.
Another project is the creation of the city’s reserve management fund. The fund is used primarily for capital improvements and special projects. Efforts like these over the years, to Dyer, have gotten Ardmore’s wheels rolling in a steady direction.
“We’ve never been a boom town. But over the years I remember, we have been in a slow, but steady growth,” Dyer, who was born and raised in Ardmore, said. “We’ve always had a generous public with good contributions over the years that have helped us with various programs.”
Currently, the mayor is heavily invested in the Main Street Streetscape Project, which spans from West Main Street, to East Main just past Caddo Street. The project will continue along Caddo Street up to 2nd Avenue.
Dyer also wants to attract more retail and commercial vendors, as well as further bolstering what he believes to be a solid industrial base.
But as with everything the city has accomplished, he doesn’t claim his award individually.
“It’s one of those things where I feel like the award is more for the city than an individual,” Dyer said. “Because with the work and efforts of the city, the commissioners, the senior staff, the employees, all the people who volunteer, get out, work and do things, that’s what made it all possible, and that’s what made the town grow.”