Auburn Hills Announces Two Promotions

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Auburn Hills Announces Two Promotions

Employees Bring Years of Experience to their New Roles

Media contact: Stephanie Carroll, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6802;

AUBURN HILLS, MI September 25, 2014 The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, announced that Don Grice has been appointed to the role of Assistant City Manager and Stephanie Carroll has been promoted to the position of Manager of Business Development and Community Relations.

We have a great team in place here and Don and Stephanie are an integral part of what we do. I have worked with each of them and I am confident that they will be successful in their new roles”, said Mayor Kevin McDaniel.

Don has been with the City for twenty-five years. Don began his career with Auburn Hills in the Department of Public Works, where he held several positions. In his most recent role as Deputy Director of Public Works, Grice worked with multiple departments, businesses and organizations on the design, establishment, operation and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure. Don has over 23 years of leadership experience, with a focus on individual accountability and team building.

Stephanie has been with the City for sixteen years and has served most recently in the role of Coordinator of Community Relations and Legislative Affairs. Stephanie’s responsibilities included representing the city on legislative issues impacting Auburn Hills and the region, citizen interaction to build good will and resolve problems, business attraction and retention, the creation and implementation of city-wide events and forums that often include partnerships with neighboring communities, regional and state authorities and educational institutions.

Both Don and Stephanie have been with the City a number of years and each of them brings a great deal of knowledge and talent to their new roles. I have the utmost confidence in their abilities and that they will no doubt contribute to the continued success to Auburn Hills” said Tom Tanghe, City Manager.

Don has an Associates in General Studies with an emphasis in horticulture from Oakland Community College and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Science Degree program with a major in Integrated Leadership Studies at CMU. He is a Professional Arborist and a graduate of Central Michigan University’s Michigan Public Service Institute. He also recently completed the Leadership, Educating, and Development (LEAD) program at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. He is an active member in the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), Chair of the Southeastern Oakland County Public Works Association (SOCWA) and serves as a steering committee member of the Water/Waste Water Agency Response Network (MiWARN).

Stephanie has a Bachelors Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in political science from Oakland University. In addition to her work for the city of Auburn Hills, Stephanie is an active member of the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Economic Developers Association, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). Prior to joining the City of Auburn Hills, Stephanie was the government relations assistant at Oakland University from 1997-1998 and the district office representative for Senator Doug Carl from 1993-1997.

About Auburn Hills
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to 21,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at