Investments in projects like Michigan Avenue, Horace Blackman Park, and the Hayes Hotel development deal supplement the collaborative effort to locate new professionals and businesses downtown. We must do more to further cut red-tape, encourage entrepreneurship, and spur economic opportunity to rebuild Jackson from the downtown core outwards.
By streamlining local government, we’ve doubled our street sweeping and restored two rounds of curbside leaf pickup. We need to continue that work to clean up our streets and neighborhoods. While we’ve used new technology to increase efficiencies and patch potholes, we must find a long-term solution to fix our streets and repair crucial infrastructure.
We’ve made tough decisions to build a fund balance, reduce the number of departments, and right-size city hall in order to invest that savings back into quality police and fire services. Continuing to be fiscally responsible and pursuing regional partnerships will help in adequately staffing quality police and fire services and keeping our residents and businesses safe.
In 2010, then Mayor Dunigan appointed Derek as a Commissioner to the Human Relations Commission. He was elected to the leadership role of Secretary.
In 2011, Derek was elected to his first term on the Jackson City Council for Ward 6. He was re-elected in November 2015.
In 2013, Derek was elected by his peers to serve as Vice Mayor - a leadership role on the Jackson City Council. He was re-elected to this role in early 2015.
Read more about Derek's values and community involvement here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from Dobies for Mayor August 15, 2017 Contact: Derek Dobies, (517) 618-1452 Dobies Outlines Priorities for Jackson Business Development, Job Growth JACKSON – Today Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies outlined his agenda for attracting new jobs and business development to the City of Jackson. Dobies’ plan focuses on five main components that […]
Dobies Outlines Priorities to Fix Jackson Roads, Announces Town Hall to Solicit Community Input Residents can submit ideas, sign petition at FixJacksonRoads.org JACKSON – Today Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies outlined his priorities for fixing Jackson roads, while launching a new website and announcing a town hall meeting to solicit ideas and feedback from Jackson […]