Leonard Hendricks…26 Years Later

Auburn Hills experienced a true honor today when we had the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Leonard Hendricks.  

Leonard retired 26 years ago after having served as Auburn Hills’ first City Manager.  With few words and humble as ever, Mr. Hendricks attended a gathering today with family, friends, and former and current colleagues for an unveiling ceremony for which he had no knowledge.   Continue reading “Leonard Hendricks…26 Years Later”

Leonard Hendricks…26 Years Later

Tamera Eddington – Recognition Earned and Recognition Well Deserved!

On Thursday morning, October 5th, like most Thursday mornings, I attended a weekly Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club meeting.  Today we were lucky enough to share our meeting with Tamera Eddington, our wonderful and highly reliable Crossing Guard at Will Rogers Elementary.  Rain or shine, Tamera is there to make certain that children safely cross to get to school each morning and afternoon, like clockwork.   Continue reading “Tamera Eddington – Recognition Earned and Recognition Well Deserved!”

Tamera Eddington – Recognition Earned and Recognition Well Deserved!

On The Speaking Circuit

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Steve accepts a framed “Optimist Creed” for his office, presented by Morning Optimist Club President Paul Gudmundsen.

Educating the public about what we do is part of the role of local government leaders. Getting the word out about what is happening in the community is certainly something we take pride in here in Auburn Hills.  

This week our Community Development Director, Steve Cohen, is on a bit of a community speaking tour talking about growth and development in the community and the amount of investment that is currently taking place here in Auburn Hills. Steve started his day at 7:30 a.m. speaking before the Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club.  

From there, he headed to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets where he presented the information again to a group of individuals representing the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce.  His third appearance is before the seniors at our Senior Center.  


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

On The Speaking Circuit

City Attorney Derk Beckerleg Wins Top Award

I had the privilege of being in Holland, Michigan yesterday to attend an awards presentation for the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA).  While this is not something I would normally attend, I was lucky enough to be there in support of our City Attorney, Derk Beckerleg, as he received the association’s top honor … Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award. 

Derk is an integral part of the Auburn Hills organization and does a tremendous job of representing the interests of Auburn Hills.  We are proud of Derk for receiving this award but even more so, we are proud to call him our City Attorney.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

City Attorney Derk Beckerleg Wins Top Award

FCA US Veterans Committee Remembers 9/11

I had the privilege of being a guest this morning of the FCA US Veterans Group who paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 on this, the sixteenth anniversary of the horrific tragedy that took place in New York City.  Guests for the event were welcomed by the group’s chairperson, Roy Lee; followed by an invocation, a remembrance, and then a moment of silence with candles.  To conclude the event, guests recited the words to TAPS, something that I never knew existed.  Day is done, gone the sun, From the hills, from the lake, From the skies.  All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.  Special thanks to FCA US for including me in this morning’s remembrance and tribute.  I was honored to attend.  


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

FCA US Veterans Committee Remembers 9/11

Third Time’s a Charm

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I have a rule of thumb about giving endorsements about the service industry.  I like to try to have three positive experiences before I start bragging about a service just to make sure that the service is really consistent and proves to be of good quality on a regular basis.  So today, when I drove to the McDonald’s on Five Points Drive, I had my third good experience in a row with the service and decided to brag about it.  Continue reading “Third Time’s a Charm”

Third Time’s a Charm

The Honor of FIRSTS

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Whenever our Team is involved in business recruitment or expansion plans, I always make a point of conveying a message to the company that we’re meeting with that we are honored that they have chosen to invest in Auburn Hills.  It’s flattering that with all of the choices a business has in terms of the community in which it could locate, that they choose Auburn Hills.  Equally as flattering, if not perhaps even more flattering, are companies who elect to further invest in our community.  This tells me that their experience has been good and they have the confidence to invest even further to remain here.  In many cases, these companies might have locations in other parts of the state.  So it is significant when Auburn Hills is selected as a company’s FIRST Michigan location.  Continue reading “The Honor of FIRSTS”

The Honor of FIRSTS