There are five city council members with three district council members and two council members at large in East Dublin. Regularly scheduled council meetings are the second Monday of each month with the pre-council meeting at 4:30 pm and the regular council session at 5:00 pm.
Braxton Brown, Jr has been a lifelong resident of East Dublin and is currently serving as Council member for District 1. He and his devoted wife, Veronica, have been married for 43 years and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Brown is a graduate of B.D. Perry High School. He also attended Bell Howard Electronics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Brown was a first class fireman and pump operator for Dublin City Fire Department for 2 ½ years and served as a Dublin City EMT for 1 ½ years. Mr. Brown was employed by Carl Vincent VA Medical Center for 35 ½ years before retiring.
Mr. Brown continues to further his education through Carl Vincent Institute of Government sponsored by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association. Mr. Brown is currently enrolled in the Dublin Laurens County Leadership Program for the 2014-2015 sessions. In addition, Mr. Brown is a member of Mount Green Baptist Church where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Deacons.
Marvin L. “Len” Tanner, Jr has lived in the City of East Dublin for 57 years and has represented the residents of District 2 since 1991. As Councilman, Len has earned 84 hours of training from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, which is sponsored by the University of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association. Len has been married to Ann Hall Tanner for 41 years and they have two sons, Kevin and Keith, and eight grandchildren. Len attended East Laurens Schools and is a graduate of Dublin High School and Middle Georgia College. He and his wife Ann started Tanner Service Center, Inc., which has been a vibrant business in East Dublin since 1974. Len is a member of Brewton Baptist Church and is currently serving as Deacon and Music Director; he has also held several other positions within the Church. Len believes that the Holy Bible is the infallible, inherent work of God and he believes everything it stands for.
A native of Laurens County, Zilmon Young has been a resident of East Dublin since 1981. He has been married to Frances for 28 years and they have five daughters. After retiring from J.P. Stevens, he and Frances were owner/operators of Young’s Food Pride, a grocery in east Dublin. Zilmon was elected as Councilman in 2008. Interested in the future and growth of East Dublin, he looks forward to continuing serve the residents of East Dublin.
Dent Jackson, Jr. is one of eleven children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Dent Jackson, Sr. of East Dublin. Dent has lived in East Dublin all of his life and finished school through the sixth grade at Brown Grove Church School before beginning work at the age of 12. Dent and his wife Mildred have been married for 44 years. They have three sons, Reginald, Keith and Jamie.
In 1964 Dent became one of the first African American policeman for the City of Dublin Police Department. Soon after, he became the first African American police officer for the East Dublin Police Department, where he served until 1970.
In 1979 Dent was elected to serve on the East Dublin City Council, where he became the first African American to be named to the City’s council, where he has faithfully served for 32 consecutive years. He also gained the honor of becoming the first African American elected to a political office in Laurens County without having a voting district designed specifically to provide for the election of an African American candidate.
Alfred (Al) T. Williams has been a resident of East Dublin for more than 25 years and has served as Council member since 1995. He and his wife Debra have been married for 35 years and have two children. Their son, Tyler, who is a member of the East Dublin/Laurens County rural Firefighters, and his family live in East Dublin while Al and Debra’s daughter, Ammie, is a student at GA State University in Atlanta. Al has been employed with the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center for the past 35 years and is currently serving there as a Chief Voluntary Service. Al’s father, A.T. Williams, Sr., served as City Administrator for the City of East Dublin until his retirement in 1996.