Eileen Dudley, Mayor
Matt Donaldson, Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem
Jesse Brown, Commissioner
Artie Fields, Commissioner
Jule Bady, Commissioner
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 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.
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, graduated from Cum Laude from East Georgia State College with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, 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. He is attending the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and will graduate in 2019.
Matt is actively involved in the Georgia Municipal Association. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the 9th District. Matt also serves at the 9th District Representative on the Municipal Training Board, which is a cooperative effort of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Georgia Municipal Association. The Municipal Training Board oversees the training program for the municipal elected officials of Georgia.
As of 2018, Matt has completed over 120 hours of training from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute. He has been awarded the Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Achievement, and most recently the Certificate of Excellence. Also, in 2018, he graduated from the Robert E. Knox Municipal Leadership Institute.
Matt loves banking and started his career at Durden Banking Company when he was a junior at Emanuel County Institute in 2006. He serves as Assistant Vice President and Controller at Durden Banking Company here in Twin City.
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.
Jule Bady was born in Midville, GA, raised in Garfield, went to elementary school in Summertown, and attended Swainsboro High School. He left high school after the tenth grade to help his parents provide for his family. Jule’s first job was with Swainsboro Print Works, a company that dyed and printed fabric. In 2005 Jule earned his CDL and started his own trucking business, Bady’s Trucking, LLC.
Mr. Bady is a community minded man with a heart for revitalizing Twin City’s residential neighborhoods. In 2014 Jule recruited several other citizens and initiated the founding of the Graymont Community Park Association. Through fundraising, matching funds from the city, a grant from Mill Creek Foundation, and a good deal of his own and other’s sweat equity, the park acquired new equipment, a new look, and new life. It’s now a favorite gathering and play place for Twin City families and children.
Jule is married to Shelonda, a wonderful woman who is a great homemaker, cook, and caregiver. Faith and family are important to Mr. Bady. He is a life-long member of Mt. Zion Church in Garfield, GA, where he still worships and serves.
Jule has served on the City Commission since January 2018.