Mayor's Office

First elected in 2011 as the City of Jackson's 6th Ward representative, Derek Dobies is currently serving his first term as Jackson Mayor, having won the election in 2017. 

While he has served as Vice President to the Jackson Housing Commission and Secretary to the Jackson Human Relations Commission, he currently serves on the City’s Planning Commission, the Ella Sharp Park Board of Trustees, and numerous project-based committees, as well as many other boards and commissions by virtue of his office.

As an Eagle Scout, Dobies volunteers as a unit commissioner to the Cascades District Boys Scouts of America and, in the community, as a board member to the John George Home and the Jackson Eyeopeners Lions Club. 

At Michigan State University, Dobies received a degree in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy, a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and a certification in Homeland Security.

He lives in Jackson with his wife, Danielle, and their daughter.

Jackson's Recreational Opportunities

Our city is also full of wonderful recreational opportunities. The city’s parks system is second to none. Numerous neighborhood parks and 2 large, multipurpose parks beckon residents and visitors to come enjoy the great outdoors. Ella Sharp Park, a 475-acre jewel, is home to an 18-hole golf course, golf learning center, ball fields, swimming pool, soccer fields and the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History. Nixon Park features athletic fields, a swimming pool / water park, and a skateboard / inline skating facility. The Jackson Parks and Recreation Department organizes sports leagues and activities for people of all ages. and we have an extensive trails system for walkers, joggers, and bikers.

Jackson's Cultural Features

For your cultural enjoyment, the city has an enticing art community. Armory Arts Village offers a unique live / work environment for artists. The village is frequently open to the public for tours of the artists’ studios and the rest of the complex. At nearby ART 634, local artists of all types gather to create and sell their works. The new Grand River Arts Walk connects this area to downtown Jackson.

So, whether you are a visitor, resident or prospective new business, we hope you find this website to be a useful and easy-to-navigate resource. We have links to all of our departments and helpful information on a variety of topics. Explore the site and find out for yourself what makes Jackson an official “cool city”.

Contact Us

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    Derek Dobies

    Jackson Mayor

    (517) 499-6647

    1011 S. Thompson St.
    Jackson, MI 49203

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