2018-06-11 / Front Page

Mayor exchange brings home Brown City grad

By Steven Kovac
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Chuck Jacobson Chuck Jacobson BROWN CITY — You can take the man out of Brown City, but you can’t take Brown City out of the man.

That goes for the Honorable Chuck Jacobson, Mayor of Adrian, Mich.

Jacobson, an alumnus of Brown City High School, was back in town May 31 as part of the Mayor Exchange program, an activity where the mayor and other representatives of a municipality trade places for a day with their counterparts in a different city as a way of picking up new ideas about things like economic development and downtown revitalization.

Jacobson was accompanied by Adrian City Commissioner Allen Heldt.

On May 24, Brown City Mayor Julie Miller, Mayor Pro Tem Christine Lee, council members Alecia Parks and Bill Walters, and City Manager Clint Holmes visited Adrian, a town of just over 20,000 people located about 60 miles southwest of Detroit.

The 50 year old Jacobson told The Brown City Banner that he has a deep affection for the community where he was raised, saying of his hometown, “Brown City was the ideal place to grow up for me. It is filled with so many fond memories. I had many excellent teachers and role models.

“I always love coming back home to see all the changes and catch up with old friends. We toured some of the great local companies and were able to share stories and ideas. It was a great visit.”

Current council member and former Brown City Mayor Christine Lee remembers Jacobson, stating, “Chuck was one of the many neighborhood kids that played in my backyard. He lived about a block away. It’s nice to see one of the neighborhood kids doing so well and having great things happening to him.”

After graduating from Brown City High School in 1986, where he played football, basketball, and baseball, Jacobson went off to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to study economics. It was there he met Teresa Hyder of Adrian, who is now his wife of 20 years.

Jacobson never finished college, though he has been gradually working to complete his degree.

How did he wind up in Adrian?

“I met a couple of business people that wanted to open a jewelry store there. I interviewed for a position and was hired in 1994,” said Chuck.

For the past 23 years, Jacobson has been the manager of International Diamond and Gold, a 3,000 square-foot jewelry store on Main Street in Adrian.

What interested him in local politics?

“I didn’t like how things were being run and didn’t want to just be a complainer,” answered Jacobson. “I started out on the planning commission in 2010-2013. In 2011- 13, I served as a city commissioner. I’ve been mayor for about six months.”

Chuck and Teresa have two children, Nick, 13, and daughter Marley, 11.

Chuck is the son of Chuck and Debbie Jacobson. He is the grandson of the late Bob and Beth Warren. Bob Warren was a civic leader and long-time owner and publisher of The Brown City Banner.

Chuck is also the grandson of former Brown City meatpackers Wilma Jacobson and the late Chuck Jacobson.

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