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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 tackling 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 Council salary donated back to city, non-profits.

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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PRESS RELEASE: Dobies Outlines Priorities for Jackson Business Development, Job Growth

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 […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Fix Jackson Roads

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 […]

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