Auburn Hills Celebrates Its Own 40 Under 40 Winner

img_7840outIt is my honor to announce on behalf of the City of Auburn Hills that Samantha “Sam” Mariuz, Director of Authorities for the City of Auburn Hills, has become one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40 winners for 2017.  Samantha was our intern in the role of Management Assistant for two years.  Recognizing her abilities, education, and ambitions, she was offered a full-time position as Director of Authorities one year ago, overseeing the city’s Tax Increment Finance Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Downtown Development Authority.  All of these focus on economic growth and development.  At 26, Sam in one of the youngest winners of this year’s competition which had more than 400 entries.  The “Elite 40 Under 40” program is in its sixth year and was established by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.  It recognizes young entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers or any individuals who live and/or work in Oakland County that has made significant contributions to their field and quality of life in the region.   We congratulate Sam for this achievement and look forward to her continued career commitment to the City of Auburn Hills. 

Want to congratulate Sam on this recognition?  Email her at smariuz@auburnhills.org


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Auburn Hills Celebrates Its Own 40 Under 40 Winner

Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo

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When I first arrived in Auburn Hills as an employee in 2001, our somewhat “unofficial” logo was a picture of City Hall.  Most professionals in the branding industry advise against using a building as a logo, mainly because buildings can be modified, torn down, or the entity can move out of it.   Continue reading “Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo”

Auburn Hills has a New Official Logo

An Office of All Ages

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From time to time I hear my mid-to-late career colleagues talk about the challenges of hiring and retaining millennials.  It seems that there is some confusion about our expectations of them.  Conversely, it seems they don’t know what to think about working for us.  Millennials are accused of having outrageous expectations like higher-than-deserved pay, unreasonably flexible hours, attention-grabbing office spaces, and that they need to be entertained in order to keep their interest.  Well, I suppose this is true for some millennials.  In fact, I think this is true for some people who are much further advanced in their careers; but they just don’t want to admit it.  Continue reading “An Office of All Ages”

An Office of All Ages

Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This morning, I attended an amazing program at our Community Center honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Pastor Donearl Johnson, Kenny Spear from Kensington Church, Recording Artist Robin Ginyard, Kim Westman from Grace Center of Hope, and Pastor Jaison Koshy from International Christian Church; were the perfect blend of inspiration to honor Dr. King.  Those of us who attended left our community center knowing that we just experienced something very special.  Included in our program was a service project for Grace Center of Hope located in our neighboring City of Pontiac.  Many thanks to those who planned and/or participated in this morning’s event.  If you missed it today, you may want to put it on your calendar for next year because a GREAT morning like that doesn’t just happen every day.  Then again . . .  every morning should be like this morning.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Spirit of Giving

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

pic1Like many, I have very fond memories of the holidays with my family and friends, exchanging gifts and enjoying time spent together. But some of my most cherished memories come from helping those in need during the holidays. Every year the City collects donations during our Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year we supported the VA Hospital in Detroit on their mission to care for homeless veterans.

The support from the community was outstanding, and on December 21st staff took a truck of donations to Detroit to help make the season more comfortable for our brave veterans.

We met with William Browning, the Director of Volunteer Services, and his team at the VA Hospital. They were grateful for the donations and were thankful for support during the holiday season.

Thanks must be giving to the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce for their help collecting donations, and to our residents and neighbors who contributed.

The Auburn Hills Fire Department has also been collecting donations for their Helping Hands organization. Through their work this year, they are able to provide gifts, food baskets and other assistance to 28 families in our community.

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As we all prepare to enjoy the holidays I hope you will consider spreading joy to those who may need extra these next few weeks.

If you are interested in supporting one of these charities please visit their websites.

VA Hospital, or Auburn Hills Firefighters Helping Hands.

From all of us at City Hall, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Sam Harris, Management Assistant

The Spirit of Giving

Hey, How About a Career in Local Government?

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I was reading today about public censures given to a  couple of people who are members of my national professional organization and got to thinking about the importance of having good, ethical people entering careers in local government, or government at any level for that matter.  I can bet that everyone has been in at least one (or one hundred) conversations during their lifetime about the way government is operated.  We often hear things like:  “government should run more like business” or other not-so-flattering things about the people who are in professional roles in government.  I am very proud of the Team of professionals we employ here in Auburn Hills.  All of them are highly educated and/or bring a lot of skills and abilities to the delivery of quality, effective and efficient services.  Those are not just expected words to describe our workforce . . . they are factual.   Continue reading “Hey, How About a Career in Local Government?”

Hey, How About a Career in Local Government?