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 [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

Up in the sky…

  It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Mayor McDaniel… Okay, now for the rest of the story. The Mayor sent me a quick note about an incident that he not only witnessed but partook in. I wanted to send you a quick note regarding the Rosetta structure fire from last night.  If you [...]

More on Roads

Part of my day today was doing a windshield survey of some of our roads. As mentioned on the blog before, we have many projects scheduled in 2014, 2015 and 2016. These have been planned and budgeted for to maximize other streams of revenue to stretch our road dollars. There have been many discussions about [...]


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 [...]

Jed Clampett

Now see if you can read this blog without humming “listen to a story bout a man named Jed.” I know this classic will be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. For the past 4 to 5 months the city council has been exploring options with oil drilling companies looking around [...]

Words mean something

If words didn’t mean something, then you might get credit for saying a lot of words, but not mean anything. You may go back to Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1602 in his poem Lord Polonius and the famous line of “…since brevity is the soul of wit” to harness one of my philosophies of keep it [...]

Are city manager’s against transparency?

  Yesterday some city manager’s testified in Lansing against the toil of what is called EVIP. For the last several years the Governor and legislature has attempted an experiment on providing your tax money back to your communities. There used to be 2 types of State Shared Revenue (SSR) that were to stream line and [...]

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    Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager

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