Hometown Boy, Brian McBroom Does Well

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Every once in a while people ask me … “Where’s that tall guy?”

Brian McBroom

Well, it is hard to believe that it has been over four years since Brian McBroom left us for the snow-covered mountains of Colorado.  He served the City of Auburn Hills as Director of Community Development for eight years (1999-2007).   Brian was my boss and mentor.  He is like a brother to me and is truly missed.

As many may know, Brian grew up in the Bloomfield Orchards Subdivision and graduated from Avondale High School.  One of his first jobs was working under former City Planning Consultant Steve Lehoczky.  He was the perfect guy to head the newly created Community Development Department in the Fall of 1999.   He did a great job for Auburn Hills.

In January 2008, Brian started a new position as Director of Community Development for Commerce City, Colorado.   The town is a business community similar to Auburn Hills, but a little bigger with a population of 45,913.  It is located northeast of Denver near the Denver International Airport.  He quickly advanced through the ranks at Commerce City to Deputy City Manager and most recently to Interim City Manager.

I am pleased to report that earlier this week, Brian McBroom was unanimously promoted to City Manager of his community.  The Mayor of Commerce City said “The City Council has confidence in Brian’s ability to lead us into the future.  Over the past four years, Brian demonstrated expertise in building successful teams and delivering results. His collaborative approach to problem-solving, respect among employees, and proven history of accomplishment made him the best fit for the position.”

Congrats Brian!   It is great to see our ‘Hometown Boy’ do well.