While ironing this weekend I watched the movie Gladiator. Forgot what a good movie this was, how many story lines there were running through this tale of time.  The thing that hit me this time while watching was the lesson of leadership versus power. In case you forgot or had not seen the movie it [...]

Start Your Engines

No, not race time. Sometimes people have to react, use their instinct, fall back on training and just go. This could be a description of City Management. You never have all the information, but you take the best information you have available at the time and make a decision. You know that kind of reminds [...]


People ask me how you learn about leadership. That is a good question. Some people believe leadership is a trait, you have it or you don’t. Other believe you can learn to be a leader. Could it be both? Maybe there are some traits that you are born with that allow you to exercise leadership [...]

Pothole Pledge

Today our Mayor, Kevin McDaniel, signed the orange barrel as Channel 7’s Pothole Pledge. Channel 7 is reaching out to communities to commit to filling potholes within 3 days of receiving a phone call. Before we put the Mayor out there to sign such a pledge, I made a quick call to the DPW to [...]


Home foreclosure is a tough topic to speak about. There is nothing joyful or uplifting about someone else’s financial challenges. During Michigan’s last decade we, in the City of Auburn Hills, were not immune from residents having financial issues. But we were/are different. The one thing our team did different then many communities was to [...]

Fleet Reduction

I like to say losing your sight is not the worst thing in the world, but losing your vision could be fatal to your organization. This is why we are driven to look forward, not just for tomorrow or next week, month or year. A continuous look forward that we keep evolving as we go [...]


One of the things we do is look at different ways to tell our story in Auburn Hills. It is not as easy as you might think, even with all the great things we have going on. I think one of the challenges is being negative and pointing out flaws is so much easier that [...]

Employees and First Responders Recognized For Life Saving Actions

On March 27, 2014, the Oakland County Medical Control Authority recognized the Life Saving actions of employees from Recaro North America, Auburn Hills Police and Fire Departments, and Star EMS.  They were honored at a ceremony this morning for saving the life of a 53 year old employee of Recaro North America who suffered a [...]


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 [...]

Go for the Gold

By Karrie Marsh, Executive Assistant and Guest Blogger Tomorrow, Saturday, March 22nd, Oakland University will be hosting a recruitment event, Go for the Gold, for high school students and their families.  Want to meet the OU faculty? They will be there! Tour the campus and learn about all that OU has to offer from the programs to [...]

  • Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

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