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112 South Railroad Ave.
Twin City, GA 30471
Phone: (478) 763-2695
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Quick Facts
Population: 1,742
Senate District: 17
House District: 99
Congressional District: 3
Classification:
Second Class City
28 Volunteer Fire Fighters
City Fire Rating: Class 5/5X

Mayor and Commission

Eileen Dudley, Mayor
Matt Donaldson, Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem
Jesse Brown, Commissioner
Artie Fields, Commissioner
Russell Thornton, Commissioner

City Government

A Mayor and four commissioners provide the elected leadership of Twin City. Two commissioners are chosen from each ward, and the mayor is elected at large. The dividing line for Wards 1 and 2, from which the Commissioners are elected, is GA 23 or Railroad Avenue. The line begins as Railroad Avenue N. at the northern city limit (original Summit section), extends through town as Railroad Avenue S., and then continues south (through the original Graymont area) as Elm and Durden Streets.

Twin City has a “weak mayor” form of government. Although the Mayor sets the direction for the city and chairs Commission meetings, the Mayor’s vote is one among five. A quorum of three is required to do business.

Commission meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 unless otherwise announced. A workshop at 6:30 may precede the meeting. Citizens who wish to express a concern at the meeting are required to submit a request to be added to the agenda by the Wednesday preceding the scheduled meeting. Special called meetings are announced in the newspaper, online at EmanuelCountyLive.com, and by postings at City Hall.

Twin City is an open records community. Requests to see records may be made at City Hall; commission meeting minutes are published in the Forest-Blade.

Mayor

Mayor Eileen Dudley moved to Twin City from Pensacola, FL in 1989. In 2010, Ms. Dudley was asked by the DNR, and supported by the city administration, to complete the work to nominate Twin City as a National Register Historic District. As a result of her work, Twin City was listed on the Georgia Register of Historic places in 2012, and then placed on the National Register in 2014. That same year, through Ms. Dudley’s initiative and with the City’s support, Twin City applied for and was accepted into the Main Street Program; she served as Main Street Program Manager for two years before being sworn into the office of Mayor on January 6, 2016. She is Twin City’s first female mayor.

Ms. Dudley attended Syracuse University School of Fine Art, and is a 2002 WED graduate of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, IN, where she finished her degree in Humanities. Eileen has worked more than 35 years as a professional fine artist and has her studio in Twin City’s old Graymont Bank and Post Office building. Her husband David is a professor at Georgia Southern University and an author of several books for middle-school readers. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Mayor Pro-Tem

Matt Donaldson was born and raised in Twin City; his roots here go deep. For thirty years, Matt’s grandfather ran a service station on US 80, the remains of which can still be seen on the right as one enters Twin City coming from the east. Matt was sworn in as a Commissioner on January 6, 2016.

Matt graduated from Emanuel County Institute in 2008, attended East Georgia State College from 2008-2010, and is a 2013 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. In 2016, he graduated from the Georgia Banking School at University of Georgia, Leadership Emanuel, and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

Mr. Donaldson loves business and banking and started his career at Durden Banking Company when he was a junior at Emanuel County Institute in 2006. He is currently a bank officer at Durden Banking Company here in Twin City.

Commissioners

Jesse Brown was born in Swainsboro and has always been in Emanuel County. He was raised in Twin City in his family home place on E. Broad Street where he has lived all his life. Jesse began working in cotton fields when he was fifteen, and now works in Bulloch County for the Board of Education. He likes to fish.

Jesse has been a commissioner since January of 2012.

 

Artie Fields was born at home in Stillmore where he grew up. Artie graduated from Swainsboro High School, and in 1978 he moved to Twin City. In addition to working at Advanced Metal Company in Swainsboro for 25 years, Mr. Fields has been an assistant football and basketball coach at ECI “forever.”

Mr. Fields is a dedicated family man and dedicated member of Durden Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He has been married to his wife Diane for 35 years; they have three children.

Artie has served on the Commission since 1992.

 

Russell Thornton was born at Fort Stewart. When he was two years old, his family made Twin City their home, and he has lived in town ever since. Russell attended ECI then completed his education with a GED. He also completed Paramedic training and received certification in 2002. In addition to “riding the ambulance” here in town, Russell is a statewide EMT instructor.

Mr. Thornton is also a local businessman and owner of Southeast Cabinets, LLC. The company was founded in 1999 and is a custom cabinets & countertops manufacturer. In addition to being known for his fine cabinet work, Russell is a skilled craftsman who creates one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and art pieces such as hand-turned wood bowls.

Russell is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and has been married to his wife, Gail, since 2004. They have two children and 3 grandchildren.

Russell has been a commissioner off and on for ten years.