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Meet the Team

Ron-WebsiteRonald is the Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW), responsible for leading the long-term and day-to-day operation and maintenance of the public infrastructure including roads, fleet, water, sewer, storm drains, parks, grounds, and facilities.  Ron possesses an Associate in Business Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Public Administration.  He holds an S-2 and D-3 Certification as a Water Works Operator from the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  He is currently the Chairperson of the North Oakland County Water Authority, a member of the American Public Works Association and American Water Works Association.  Ron is a graduate of the Michigan Public Service Institute at Central Michigan University and attended the Leading, Educating, and Developing Program conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.  He has thirty-two years of public works management experience.

Ronald Melchert  
Director of Public Works

Aaron-WebsiteAaron has the pleasure of serving as the Deputy Public Works Director for the City of Auburn Hills. His principal concentration is connecting the day-to-day operations of the department with the City’s Mission (what the department does), the City’s Values (how the department provides services), and the City’s Vision (why the department provides services). In addition to being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the City’s fleet and roads, municipal properties, and public utilities, he is also afforded the opportunity to aid with the organization's long-term operational management.  

Aaron began his career in local government in 2011, and prior to that, served for four years at the federal level. Aaron holds both his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University. He is also an active member with many professional organizations including the American Public Works Association (APWA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Aaron Stahly  
Deputy Director

Jason-WebsiteJason has been working in the water and sewer field for 19 years.  He started his career in Washington Township and eventually worked his way to a full-time position with the City of Auburn Hills in 2005.  In 2019 he was promoted to his current position within the DPW.  Jason has a great amount of experience with the water and sewer distribution systems for the City. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Oakland University with a major in Management, and minors in MIS and POM. He carries a S-1 Waterworks Operator License and is the alternate board member on behalf of the City for the North Oakland County Water Authority (NOCWA).

Jason is a born and raised Michigander, now residing in nearby Rochester Hills.  He enjoys his family, which includes his wife Jacquelyn and his two children Isaac and Isabelle.  He also enjoys sports and staying active in athletics.  He officiates baseball during the spring and summer every year because of his long-standing love of the game.

Jason Deman

Manager of Public Utilities

Mark-WebsiteMark is the Manager of the Auburn Hills Fleet and Roads Division.  Mark started his career working for the DPW in the City of Eastpointe and has over 30 years of experience in the municipal field.  He spent his first five years in Auburn Hills managing Public Utilities and has recently moved to the Fleet and Roads Division. His responsibilities include the procurement and maintenance of the City’s fleet vehicles and equipment.  He is also responsible for the maintenance of all the major and local roads, sidewalks and storm drain infrastructure.

 Mark has a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and holds a S-1 Water Systems Operator License.  He is an active member of both the American Public Works Association and the American Water Works Association.  He is a husband and is a father to two beautiful daughters.  Outside of work, his interests include reading, music and golf.

Mark Michling
Manager of Fleet & Roads

Stan-WebsiteStan serves as the Manager of Municipal Properties with responsibility over the Grounds and Facilities Divisions. His area of responsibility includes park properties, forestry, turfgrass maintenance, irrigation systems, public lighting, facility maintenance and event support.  Stan is dedicated to the care and maintenance of 32 city structures, 193 acres of park land and all of the city-owned parking lots and right-of-ways.

Stan has an Associate's Degree from Oakland Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University. He is a member of the American Public Works Association, the Michigan Green Industry Association and the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (mParks). Stan has 19 years of facility operations experience in the private sector and 7 years working at roles in local government. Prior to joining the DPW, he worked for the Auburn Hills Police Department and the Auburn Hills Fire Department. In his spare time he does volunteer work, helps with the annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon and is an electronics hobbyist. 

Stan Torres
Manager of Municipal Properties