Tom is our City Manager. He possesses an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management from Macomb Community College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an Emphasis in Business, Technical and Creative Writing from Oakland University; and a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis in Public Personnel Administration from Oakland University. He has completed additional graduate level coursework from Oakland University in local government management and human resources; and is currently completing his Doctorate Degree at Oakland University in Organizational Leadership, with a cognate in Local Government Leadership.
While pursuing graduate studies, Tom became a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration and a member of the Nu Omega Chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. He is a graduate of Leadership Oakland and a graduate of The Grantsmanship Center in California. In addition, Tom completed the Practitioner’s Training Certification Program in Economic Development from the Michigan Economic Developers Association and has completed numerous professional development courses from the Michigan Municipal League. He completed both the Builder’s and Real Estate Sales training courses from the Currey Management Institute and has been licensed in Michigan as a real estate salesperson since 1988. In 2008, Tom attended the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia. In 2011, Tom was the Michigan Local Government Management Association’s (now Michigan Municipal Executives) Excellence in Local Government Management award recipient. He has also completed a Comprehensive Labor Relations Professional program.
Tom has been active in his public sector career for twenty-seven years, the last seventeen of which have been with Auburn Hills. In 2001 he came to the City as Assistant City Manager and Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. He was promoted to City Manager in 2014. He is the former Assistant City Administrator of Lathrup Village, Michigan and former Executive Director of the City of Southfield, Michigan’s Downtown Development Authority. Tom is a member of the Oakland University Alumni Association, Michigan Municipal Executives, International City/County Management Association, and Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association. He is the Founder of the Auburn Hills Community Foundation, served as its Chairman, and now serves as a member of the Board. In 2014, he joined the Board of Directors of the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, he became the sponsor and mentor for the Oakland University student chapter of the International City/County Management Association.
Tom enjoys physical fitness activities and traveling with his family. He is a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Rochester, Michigan. He is married to his wife, Leslie, a member of the staff of the Kemp Klein Law Firm in Troy, Michigan and has two sons, Joshua, 21, a senior at Oakland University, and Jack, 14, a ninth-grader at Utica-Malow Junior High School.