Heather Farmer Among Those Selected for Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020


Media Contact: Stephanie Carroll, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6802; scarroll@auburnhills.org

Heather Farmer HeadshotAuburn Hills, MI—February 5, 2020--The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth proudly announces that Heather Farmer, Deputy Finance Director/Deputy Treasurer, has been selected for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2020. The program, in its ninth year, honors young professionals and thought leaders who live or work in Oakland County and have achieved excellence in their profession.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Oakland County Executive David Coulter. I have enjoyed working for the City of Auburn Hills and serving such a wonderful community,” said Heather. “I appreciate all the support and opportunities the City has afforded me”, she added.

The Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 program recognizes and spotlights dynamic leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Oakland County and beyond. The honorees include a list of talented leaders who are committed to their professions and improving their communities.

“We have a great team in place here and Heather is an integral part of what we do. We are very proud of Heather and all of her accomplishments. As a key member of our staff, this recognition highlights her passion and commitment to the Auburn Hills community,” said Mayor Kevin McDaniel.

Heather possesses an Associate of Business Administration degree from Oakland Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis in Accounting Processes, from Walsh College.

Prior to joining the City of Auburn Hills in October 2016, Heather worked in the private sector and has over ten years’ experience in the accounting field. Heather is currently completing a dual master’s program at Walsh College, in which she will obtain a Master of Business Administration degree and Master of Science in Finance degree, with a concentration in Financial Management. She is a member of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association and was selected to participate in the Leadership Oakland class LOXXX.

Heather also volunteers her time to Meals on Wheels and other local community initiatives. She was awarded the Auburn Hills Optimist Club Optimist Civilian Employee of the Year in 2018 and the Senior Services Director’s Award in 2019 for her dedicated volunteerism.

“Heather is a rising star in our organization and we are enthusiastic about investing in her ongoing professional development”, said City Manager Tom Tanghe.

The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately
26,000 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.