134 W. Michigan Ave


The Mayor of Jackson

Mayor Derek Dobies (517) 499-6647

Mayor Dobies was elected in November 2017, after serving on the City Council for Jackson's 6th Ward since 2011. While on City Council, Derek served on the city’s Planning Commission, the Ella Sharp Park Board of Trustees, the Parks & Recreation Commission, the Public Arts Commission, the Police & Fire Pension Board, and the Downtown Development Authority. He also served as Vice President to the Jackson Housing Commission and Secretary to the Jackson Human Relations Commission.

Professionally, Mayor Dobies serves as Chief of Staff to the Michigan AFL-CIO - a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of working people across Michigan. He also owns and operates a small graphic design and strategic communications company in Jackson. 

Mayor Dobies earned a degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he minored in Middle Eastern Studies and received a certification in Homeland Security.