A tribute to Auburn Hills’ Founding City Manager, Leonard Hendricks

Today is a sad day for Auburn Hills as we learned of the passing of the City’s first City Manager, Leonard Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks was first appointed as City Manager from 1984 to 1991. However, his passion and commitment for the city did not stop there. He came back for a brief period in December of 1996 to July of 1997 when the city was in need and searching for a replacement. Even after Mr. Hendricks retirement, he remained in Auburn Hills until his passing yesterday, Wednesday, April 11. Mr. Hendricks was an engineer by degree and brought that expertise, along with tremendous leadership skills, to Auburn Hills when we needed it most. Let’s just say that the Auburn Hills of Leonard’s time does not look like the amazing community we know today. But Leonard set a course for success many years ago as he implemented a number of economic development tools and City policies that are still practiced today.

Last summer, City Council and City Staff wanted to recognize Mr. Hendricks for his contributions to Auburn Hills and the lasting legacy he created. Leonard was known to park a distance away from his office on the municipal campus each morning and walk to the building as a means of getting a little exercise. The pathway he utilized each and every day, unbeknownst to him, was affectionately referred to by the staff as Leonard’s Lane. So in order to honor him, a park bench was installed along the pathway and a sign with his name on it was affixed to the decorative lamp post alongside that same pathway. We are thrilled that Mr. Hendricks was able to enjoy the honor bestowed upon him last summer as it will continue to be a lasting tribute to his sincere dedication and devotion to this community.

Everyone at the City of Auburn Hills extends their sincere condolences to the family of Leonard Hendricks. His efforts here will not be forgotten and will forever be recognized.

Photo taken October 10, 2017 at the dedication of Leonard’s Lane


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