Mishawaka City Council

About Bryan Tanner

Mishawaka City Council member Bryan Tanner lives in The Oaks neighborhood in Mishawaka, near Battell Park. Bryan and his wife Cari have a son (Phillip), daughter (Charlee), and are guardians of their teenage nephew (Anthony). He is a committed public servant and volunteer who also has twelve years of professional experience in civil engineering and has worked with non-profit organizations for most of his life.

Mr. Tanner serves in an At-Large (citywide) seat on the Mishawaka City Council and is chair of the Public Health and Safety – Long Range Planning Committee. He had previously been a member of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and Redevelopment Commission.

Bryan has been enveloped in the community his entire life starting with scouting during his early years and earning the rank of Eagle. He continues those community efforts having served as president of the Mishawaka Lions Club and as an active member and volunteer within the organization. Bryan has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship and Lion of the Year as recognition for his contributions to the community through Lions.

As a former member of the board of directors for United Way of St. Joseph County, and now dedicating his efforts full-time to this organization, Bryan works toward decreasing poverty and improving social and economic outcomes for members of our community. He is also a board member of the Mishawaka Business Association and active with the South Bend Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals Network. Beyond formal involvement with the organizations previously mentioned, Bryan hosts regular neighborhood meetings, coaches youth sports, and volunteers for various local events.

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Service on Mishawaka City Council

Through his first term on the Mishawaka City Council, Mr. Tanner has been a strong advocate for our neighborhoods. He has championed these efforts by way of hosting dozens of neighborhood meetings, as well as attending numerous neighborhood gatherings hosted by others. In partnership with the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission, Bryan also worked with the Normain Heights neighborhood on qualifying as a conservation district, as well as the ongoing coordination for the Edgewater/Park Avenue neighborhood as they explore the implementation of an historic district.

Bryan has a perfect attendance record for Council meetings. He has also served on the Council’s wage negotiation committee with the Mishawaka FOP and IAFF police and fire union bargaining teams. While Bryan has not yet served on the Budget and Finance Committee, he has made it a point to attend most meetings with department heads and superintendents when presenting their annual budgets. This is all to illustrate Mr. Tanner’s diligence in service on the Mishawaka City Council.

In addition to official service, it has been a goal of Mr. Tanner to be a strong public-facing representative of the City of Mishawaka. To this end, he has supported organizations such as the Mishawaka Education Foundation, Marian High School, PHM Education Foundation, St. Joe Valley Building Trades, Mishawaka Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals Network, Habitat For Humanity, Center For Hospice, American Cancer Society, and many others at their annual or monthly events. This has increased Bryan’s accessibility within the community while supporting great causes, but also stands to increase the visibility of The Princess City throughout the region.

Bryan Tanner Community Involvement

City of Mishawaka – At-Large (citywide) Council Member, Public Health and Safety Chair (2016-Present)
Mishawaka Business Association – Board of Directors, Kamm Island Fest Committee (2015-Present)
Mishawaka Lions Club – President (2017-2018), Lion of the Year (2017), Melvin Jones Fellowship (2016)
Smart Growth America – Local Leaders Council (2017-Present)
First & Main – Small and Midsize Community, Coalition Member (2018-Present)
City of Mishawaka – Past member of Redevelopment and Historic Preservation Commissions (2013-2016)
Youth Sports Coach – Parks Department Soccer and Basketball, Mishawaka Wrestling Club (2015-Present)
United Way of St. Joseph County – Board of Directors, Community Impact Committee (2015-2018)
St. Joseph County Disaster Relief Foundation – Board of Directors, Mishawaka Liaison (2018-Present)
The Medical Foundation – Blood and Platelet Donor (2014-Present)
Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka – Emerging Leaders Program Graduate (2016)
Michiana Forty Under 40 – Inductee (2017)
Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout Award (2000)
General Volunteering or Support – Mishawaka Education Foundation, IAFF 360 Scholarship, Mishawaka Food Pantry, Relay For Life, La Casa de Amistad, Mission 22, various Mishawaka High School groups, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Logan Center, Habitat for Humanity, as well as scholarships at Mishawaka, Penn, and Marian high schools.

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Bryan Tanner Family

Bryan Tanner Endorsements

“Bryan is a good and kind, thoughtful person. The neighborhood meetings he started and continue are helpful and informative. Thanks for all you do.”

Celeste Houghton, Mishawaka Resident

“Bryan is a born leader…I am better for knowing him and he is an inspiration to his peers. Thank you, Bryan, for promoting positive values in all that you do.”

Doug Merritt, Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission

“It was an honor to coach and teach Bryan in high school. He was an outstanding young man that has become a great man, father and leader. I look forward to seeing all of his successes in the future.”

Lisa Durcholz, High School Teacher

“I greatly appreciate your knowledge of our store and what seems like your intention of keeping us in business.”

Kyle Heffelfinger, Mishawaka Business Owner

“Bryan’s knowledge and expertise show through in every aspect of his work. Personally, he was a pleasure to work with. He is a team player who continually strives to put others’ needs first.”

Jody Dedon, Former Co-worker

Bryan Tanner Recognition of Achievements

In recognition of the extensive efforts and achievements in both his profession and community, Mr. Tanner was recognized with a “Michiana Forty Under 40” award in 2017 – identifying him as one of forty professionals under 40 years of age to watch within the 7 county region of North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan.

Bryan believes that enthusiastic involvement, while proudly representing families, neighborhoods, and businesses, we can and will build a stronger community.

“As a council representative, I am able to leverage my education, work experience, and vested interest in the community to move Mishawaka forward while also making sound, fiscally responsible decisions,” he said. “I promise to continue improving the lives of my neighbors and our entire community.”

Bryan Tanner Forty Under 40

Support Bryan Tanner

Please consider supporting Bryan Tanner for Mishawaka City Council during the 2019 Municipal Election. While his hard work and dedication has been proven – it take dozens, if not hundreds, of supporters to donate to the campaign, place a yard sign, host a coffee or tea at their home, or to make a few phone calls to ensure Bryan’s bid for re-election is a success. It takes real people and real effort to ensure good governance in our community. While the lion’s share of attention is paid to statewide and national races, it is our local public servants who are responsible for the things which impact our daily lives the most – road maintenance, public safety services, utility expenses, parks, leaf collection, and more. Any effort you can commit, or positive word of mouth about Bryan Tanner that you can provide, is very appreciated. Thanks!