Auburn Hills Welcomes New Fire Chief Ellen Taylor
New Fire Chief to Lead the Auburn Hills Fire Department

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Auburn Hills, MI—August 14, 2018--The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Fire Chief, Ellen Taylor. The appointment by the City Council was confirmed at their meeting on June 11. This appointment comes on the heels of the retirement of Fire Chief James Manning.

Chief Taylor spent nearly her entire career with the Ann Arbor Fire Department where she recently completed twenty-three years of service. Starting at the rank of Fire Fighter, she also served in the capacity of Fire Lieutenant, Fire Inspector and finally, Assistant Fire Chief.

“It is a tremendous honor to welcome Chief Taylor to the Auburn Hills team as a leader for the Fire Department. Her values and professional experience will be a huge asset for the citizens and businesses of the community”, said Mayor Kevin McDaniel. “The City conducted a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process, and Chief Taylor was the clear choice for this important public safety position.”

Taylor’s journey to become Chief is filled with numerous professional certifications and accolades. Throughout the course of her career, Chief Taylor has gained valuable knowledge and experience in many aspects of emergency planning and response education and training. She is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Southeastern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, Michigan Fire Inspector Society, and National Fire Protection Association.

In addition, Chief Taylor has been an instructor for the last eight years at Eastern Michigan University’s Staff and Command Program on Employee Relations and Multi Culturalism for existing and upcoming regional fire administrators.

“It is an honor to be selected as the City of Auburn Hills’s new Fire Chief. I look forward to building upon retired Chief Jim Manning’s many accomplishments in developing and providing responsive fire services to the community.”

Chief Taylor possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

Chief Taylor officially began her employment with Auburn Hills on Monday, August 6.

About Auburn Hills
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 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, and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, which provides a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at