Sign Up for a Sweet Slow Roll

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Sweets! is hosting the first ever Slow Roll Auburn Hills on Sunday, July 10 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. What is a Slow Roll? It’s a bike riding group for everyone; all skills; all ages; and all types of bikes are welcome. The slow pace ensures the group’s safety and gives a unique perspective of our community. Auburn Hills has a variety of neighborhoods and trails to traverse with our great network of bikers.

Stop by Sweets! at 3395 Auburn Road and sign up to join the event. The Slow Roll is guaranteed to be a fun experience for family and friends to come together to ride. Have a unique bike? Show off your style and decorate your bike with lights, streamers, anything your heart desires; show off your sweet personality!

If you have any questions please contact kathy@sweetsauburnhills.com

We cannot wait to see you there!

PS – there is ice cream!


Samantha Mariuz, Director of Authorities

Sign Up for a Sweet Slow Roll

We are secure – and we are excited about it!

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Today was a really great day for us.

Today’s blog is about a part of policing that normally isn’t very exciting.  But it is important to us and to you.  Like most organizations these days our records contain big data and we link to state and federal criminal justice big data too.  I know you’ve read about and maybe have been affected by big hacks like Target, Home Depot, even the IRS got hacked.  And your personal information is out there in cyberworld.

We know our data is sensitive and we know it is our responsibility to guard it properly and see that it is used lawfully.  But even we, who are so very careful, swallowed hard when we got the following email message in May:

Dear Ms. Gina Thomas,

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division will conduct a Criminal Justice Information Technology Security Audit of the Auburn Hills Police Department…

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We are secure – and we are excited about it!

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training

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Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department.

As I stand in the front of a classroom in the University Center in our downtown today introducing Lt. Cas Miarka of the Auburn Hills Police Department, the following headline pops up on my smartphone: “Active shooter reported at Naval Medical Center San Diego”. I was introducing Lt. Miarka to a group of twenty-five individuals who were there to hear him speak on the topic: “Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training”. The sad reality is that this is increasingly becoming a more regular occurrence in workplaces throughout America. The Auburn Hills Police Department recognizes the importance of this topic as do I as City Manager. We have conducted a few of these training sessions which have all been well attended. The subject matter makes some business leaders uneasy. I understand that. However, I would much rather give my employees the tools to increase their opportunity to survive in one of these tragic incidents than to have them harmed through inaction. I commend Chief Olko and her staff for putting together these outreach programs. They are available to attend by way of periodic offerings through the Chamber of Commerce or we can bring the program right to your place of business.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Training

Election News!

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You have probably heard by now (about a hundred times) that there will be a Presidential Primary Election on March 8, 2016. There will be 13 Republican Candidates, and four Democratic Candidates, all of whom wish to be our next president.

As in any primary election, you can only vote for one party. However, where you would normally vote in one section on the ballot, this time you will only get the ballot of your choice. There will be one ballot for Republican candidates, with the 13 names on it, and one ballot for Democrat, with the four names on it.

To make it more confusing, we also have a ballot issue for Pontiac School District voters. So, if you live in the Pontiac School District, you can choose a Republican ballot, or a Democrat ballot, or just a school district ballot. The Republican and Democrat ballots will have the school issue on it for those who choose for vote in the Presidential Primary also.

One important issue is that the parties themselves will know who voted in their primary. That means the Republican and Democrat parties will know which primary ballot you chose. Although we, as Clerks, fought against the release of that information, the parties took the State Election department to court some years ago for the right to get the lists of voters. They won. Of course they will not know WHO you voted for; just which party you chose. Choosing one party or the other does not “sign you up” for that party, nor does it mean anything other than you chose to vote that party this time.

The candidates who win this election will not automatically be the candidate for the Presidency. Many states will have primaries, but in the end the parties themselves have Precinct Delegates who nominate their candidates at a convention. It is assumed the popular candidates, who win the primaries, will be the party candidate for President, but that is not always true.

Whether you vote in person or by absentee, you will need to choose which ballot you wish to use. If you have any questions or want more clarification, please call my office at 248-370-9402 during business hours. We will be happy to help you.

In the meantime, if you work outside the City, or if you are over 60, or will be gone from the City on March 8, feel free to call us at 248-370-9402 or email me at tkowal@auburnhills.org and we can send you an application for an absentee ballot.

PS – If you are interested in working for the City on Election Day, please call or email me!


Terri Kowal, City Clerk

 

Election News!

Never Forget Whence You Came

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As the new year arrived, I was reminded of how blessed I am to have spent my entire professional local government management career in Oakland County. And there was no greater reminder than a dinner party I attended this past Sunday evening at the home of Jerry and Betty Stone of Lathrup Village. You see, Jerry Stone was the City Administrator of Lathrup Village for thirty-three years. He just may hold a record in Oakland County, or maybe in the state. Jerry hired me for my first local government position as Lathrup’s Assistant City Administrator back in 1990, a position I held for nearly seven years before accepting a position with the City of Southfield. Jerry retired a couple of years after I started there. Continue reading “Never Forget Whence You Came”

Never Forget Whence You Came

Golden Grizzlies Almost Win

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Junior guard Kay Felder at the charity stripe.

Last night I had the opportunity to catch an OU basketball game as the Golden Grizzlies took on Youngstown St. The Golden Grizzlies trailed for nearly the entire game, but of course I remained true to the hometown team and along with my colleagues who were also at the game, we cheered them on until the bitter end. With just one second remaining on the clock and with a score of 98-98, Youngstown St. scored, edging out OU 100-98. It was a “Community Night” and the City of Auburn Hills and the Auburn Hills City Council were acknowledged on the public address system. Staff was pleased to be joined by Councilman Henry Knight who no doubt enjoyed the game. He may have been one of the loudest voices in the audience as he continued to yell “DEFENSE, GUYS, DEFENSE!” Regardless of the outcome, we still love our GOLDEN GRIZZLIES!!! OU hosts Valparaiso on Friday night at the O’rena. It will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU. Tune in if you can’t make it to the game!


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

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WOW! What a Game

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No post-game analysis here, just a whole lot of pride as our hometown team, the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies, took MSU into overtime last night with a couple clutch free throws from junior guard Kay Felder in the final seconds. My MSU friends told me I would be watching a match-up that would leave OU hoping the game would end sooner than later. NOT SO FAST! Hey, when MSU is playing anyone else but OU, I have to admit that I’m an MSU fan. Let’s not forget that before it was OU, the campus was MSU/Oakland. But as the City Manager of OU’s hometown, I’m a Golden Grizzlies fan through and through when OU is on the court. While the Golden Grizzlies players may be talking today about their loss, the rest of us are talking about an incredible game that elevated their team to a whole new level this season. So to the OU basketball team I say this: Auburn Hills is proud of your team, the caliber of play, and the amazing effort and spirit you put forth last night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. No shame in that loss. You guys are incredible! Congratulations Coach Kampe and the entire OU basketball team.  GO GOLDEN GRIZZLIES!!!


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

WOW! What a Game