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

How Can I Contribute?

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From time to time, citizens and businesses ask about how they can be involved in the community.  Sometimes there are community needs that didn’t have time or treasure planned for them.  So I thought I’d share a few words on the topic.  Continue reading “How Can I Contribute?”

How Can I Contribute?

A Career Well Done

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OU President George Hynd and VP for Student Affairs Glenn McIntosh present Dr. Dolly with a memento from the university.

I had the privilege of getting to know Dr. Pat Dolly several years ago when she arrived as the president of the Oakland Community College/Auburn Hills Campus.  Impressed with her character and credentials, I couldn’t wait to recommend her for an appointment to one of our community boards.  The added bonus was that Pat is an Auburn Hills resident.  About four years ago, she took on a new role in the administration at Oakland University as a special advisor to the President on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  When I attended her retirement gathering on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and heard those who worked with her speak of her accomplishments, it was apparent that she had found the perfect role at OU and they had found the perfect person for that role.   Continue reading “A Career Well Done”

A Career Well Done

Retirement Wishes to a Great Public Servant

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Chief Doreen Olko presents Lt. Cas Miarka with a shadow box commemorating his successful career with Auburn Hills.

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, we bid farewell to our Team member, Lieutenant Cas Miarka.  Lt. Miarka served the community of Auburn Hills in our police department for nearly 26 years.  Starting out as a Patrol Officer and moving up the rank to Lieutenant, Cas has supervised every function of the department at one time or another during his career.  His education and experience made him an asset to the community and he was truly dedicated to the citizens and businesses of Auburn Hills.  Although I’ve known Cas for the more than sixteen years I have been with the City, it was in the last couple of years that I got to know him better as we worked together to deliver education to our business community about Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter training.  It’s a difficult subject to discuss with people, but he presented it in a way that gave our business community the skills they needed to deal with a bad situation should it arise.   Continue reading “Retirement Wishes to a Great Public Servant”

Retirement Wishes to a Great Public Servant

Auburn Hills Welcomes Three New Police Officers

I had the honor of attending the Oakland Police Academy graduation ceremony on Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Oakland Community College Royal Oak Campus.  Auburn Hills was proud to have sponsored three candidates through the academy.  This morning, I was also on hand in our City Council Chamber as City Clerk Terri Kowal administered each Officer’s Oath of Office and to officially welcome them to the ranks of the Auburn Hills Police Department.  We are very pleased to have these three individuals join our Team and we are proud to call them Auburn Hills Police Officers.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

Auburn Hills Welcomes Three New Police Officers

In Memory of Robert Grusnick

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Auburn Hills is remembering its founding Mayor, Robert Grusnick, who passed away last Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  Bob had deep roots in the community.  He graduated from Avondale HS in 1958 and he was elected as the  Pontiac Township Supervisor and served in that capacity from 1972 until 1983.  It was during the end of his tenure with Pontiac Township that he assisted in the incorporation of the Township into what is today known as the City of Auburn Hills.  As a result of that incorporation, he became the city’s first Mayor, a role he held from 1983 until 1994.  Our sincere condolences go out to the Grusnick family on the loss of Bob.  He will of course forever remain a part of Auburn Hills’ history.


Tom Tanghe, City Manager

In Memory of Robert Grusnick