Vibrant Downtown, Strong Economy

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.

Clean Neighborhoods, Fixed Streets

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.

Public Safety, Sustainable Finances

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.


Click the issues below to see how Derek is tacking some of the biggest problems Jackson faces.
17 city departments consolidated to 9.
Taxpayer dollars saved by refinancing bonds.
Taxpayer dollars saved by being fiscally responsible.
In salary donated back to Jackson.

Working hard for you.

In 2011, Derek first ran for City Council because he thought it was time for new, energetic leadership to jumpstart Jackson and help chart a bright future for our city. Since then, he has worked hard to ensure quality public safety, restore fiscal accountability and ensure open, accountable government. Elected twice to serve as Vice Mayor, Derek has not only helped lead City Council through numerous policy proposals, but worked collaboratively to engage the public in making Jackson a great place to live, work, and play.
  • 2010

    Commissioner Dobies

    In 2010, then Mayor Dunigan appointed Derek as a Commissioner to the Human Relations Commission. He was elected to the leadership role of Secretary.

  • 2011

    Councilman Dobies

    In 2011, Derek was elected to his first term on the Jackson City Council for Ward 6. He was re-elected in November 2015.

  • 2013

    Vice Mayor

    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.


Derek has worked hard to make Jackson a better place to live, work and play. Here are a few ways he's taken leadership in making our community a better place.
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Fighting for historic preservation

Michigan’s historic places drive economic development, attract businesses, draw tourists and new residents, create a sense of place, and enhance our quality of life. Keeping these historic places is so important that historic preservation has been upheld as a public purpose under the U. S. Constitution—preserving historic resources is a valid governmental goal and local historic district ordinances have […]

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Guest Column: Sprout entrepreneurship, build reputation

By Derek Dobies A look at some of the vacant storefronts downtown highlights that our city still faces some very serious problems. While the city has invested in downtown infrastructure and place-making efforts, it also must recognize the role entrepreneurs can play in reviving our economy, breathing new life into downtown, and filling vacant storefronts […]

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