Telling our story

  I have heard the complaint that we “brag” too much, it makes our competing neighbors feel uncomfortable. So we have tempered the way we tell the story, but we still enjoy getting feedback all the same. We take both the positive and negative feedback very seriously and, after a recent city council goals and [...]

Change of Seasons

Yes, Michigan is very fortunate to enjoy all five seasons. Spring, summer, fall, winter and construction… With each seasonal change we change with it. It could be clothing, food, activity or drive time but it does help us mark the time as it marches by and we continue to make progress year after year. I [...]

Never too early to plan

    Now is the time, if you are sticking around on Memorial Day, to plan for the Memorial Day Parade organized by our local American Legion Post 143. So pencil on your calendar Monday, May 26th and be downtown prior to 11:00 AM Parade kick off. Afterwards the Legion is hosting a family fun [...]


Ever have one of those moments when you are back in time? Last night I did. I was invited to the Auburn Hills Boy’s and Girl’s Club to see their Leadership Awards ceremony. I was able to take two of my daughters and walk the halls of my childhood. So many memories. I remember walking [...]

Awards Night

Last night I was able to attend the 47th annual Avondale Youth Assistance award night. This was a really neat event for several reasons. It is always energizing to see youth gathered with their parents, grandparents or other supportive adults. The volunteers of the youth assistance team are also always awesome and inspiring for their [...]

Speak up!

Today was the annual Auburn Hills Morning Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. Six young men did very well speaking about their passions. These are some of the best meetings as these young men (I think the women are next week) have such a positive outlook and such potential. This event gives these folks public speaking experience [...]


Today is March 5th.  If that does not ring a bell with you, five people died on March 5th. In 1773 it was referred to as “The Bloody Massacre in King Street.” Mr. Patrick Carr was one victim. He was a leather worker and also an Irish immigrant. He died two weeks later. Mr. Samuel Maverick [...]

Changes in the weather

It is that time of year where we go through some changes, and this week will illustrate that the climate changes all the time. We issued a snow emergency for certain areas of our community for tonight as we are told we will get from 3 to 6 inches of snow, staring sometime in the [...]

Speak Truth to Power

  I was reading a paper written in 1955 called Speak Truth to Power, a Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence.  It was written pre United Nations, attempting to lay the ground work for international relations.   It has kind of been a theme throughout human history, that those who gain positions of power [...]


  In the life of a city manager you get to look at a lot of numbers, statistics and percentages. Sometimes we are measuring things, sometimes looking for trends and other times looking to verify success or failure of designs or programs. How we move traffic is one of those areas where we try to [...]

  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.