Town Council

Ken Saunders

Ken Saunders

Council President –  President Ken Saunders has been a resident of Branford for 17 years.  He is married to Diane Walker-Saunders, a native of Branford.  Together they have worked for many years with young women in the Branford/Suwannee River Valley area to obtain educational funding through scholarship pageants. Mr. Saunders hopes to assist in the revitalization of our downtown area.  He is an avid bicyclist and enjoys biking on Branford’s Greenway Trail.  He currently serves as councilman for Post #1

Alice Childress

Alice Childress

Vice President –  Mrs. Childress, along with her husband Bill, have lived in Branford since 1980.  She brings experience and knowledge to the Council, due to her employment with the City of Lake City as Senior Accountant in Finance Administration. She was employed with them for over 19 years and is retired in 2018. She is looking forward to retirement, so she can devote more time working with other Council members to bring about the constant changes in Local Goverment.   She is Councilwoman for post #2, currently serving as Vice-President to the Council.


Charlie Daniel

Charlie Daniel

Councilman – Mr. Daniel, along with his wife Chris, are long time citizens of the Town of Branford. Mr. Charlie is retired from the Air Force and is a Vietnam Vet. He has served on the Council for many years and looks forward to the challenge. Mr. Daniel is an avid fisherman and enjoys being on the river. Mr. Daniel serves as Post #3.

Post 4 – Vacant 

Matt Burns

Matt Burns

Councilman – Mr. Burns is a Councilman for Post #5.  He and his wife Kim are long time residents of the Town of Branford.  Other than serving on the Town Council, Matt operates Matt Burns Electric, a business he has run for many years.

Donna Hardin

Donna Hardin

Town Clerk –  Donna Hardin is the Clerk for the Town of Branford.   She has been in office since June of 2005.   The Town Clerk position has been an elected position since the beginning of time but, in June of 2006 the citizens of Branford voted to make it an appointed one.  This change took place in June of 2007.  Donna, along with her husband Kevin, enjoys living in Branford.  They have two sons. 

Mayor Dempsey

Mayor Dempsey

Mayor Dempsey is a lifelong resident of Branford. He is also a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He and his wife, Sandra, are both retired from the Suwannee County School Board where they taught in Branford for many years. Mayor Dempsey has, over the years, coached basketball, softball and golf. He was also a sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America. He and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters, Caitlin and Natalie, both graduates of Branford High School. Mayor Dempsey has always had a deep love for his hometown and is dedicated to the continued improvement and revitalization of Branford. He feels it is a pleasure to serve the Town of Branford as Mayor.