Proud Papa

Dales Mathes

Editors Note:  We encouraged Dale Mathes to share this wonderful story.  Folks often think of Code Enforcement Officers as the “bad guys,” but they don’t know Dale and how he approaches his craft.

We thought the citizens of Auburn Hills may wish to know that Dale – nicknamed “Brother Dale” and the “Green Hornet” – is very much beloved by his peers.  Here’s some good news in his life that he wanted to share with his co-workers and the community.  

Dale is just a really good man that’s proud of his girls.  Once you read this story, I am sure you’ll understand why.

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Well, this is a departure from my usual blogs about grass, dogs, cats, junk cars, blight, and being the Green Hornet.  This has nothing really to do with the City of Auburn Hills, except that I work here and this town has given me a great opportunity.  The job keeps me busy and engaged post-retirement from the Detroit PD – doing rewarding work that suits my skills.  This blog is really about an old dad who is very proud of his girls.

Those of us who are parents get more than enough bad news during our tenure, from bad marks to bad friends, bad breaks to bad decisions.  That makes it all the better when we get good parental news.  That’s why this last week was especially great for me as a father.  Both my grown daughters had wonderful news that they just had to share with their old man.

My youngest daughter, Clare, is a PhD in neuroscience (I had to practice learning to spell that one…) works at Florida State University.  Last month, she attended a conference of like-minded researchers in Zurich, Switzerland.  Apparently, as a result of her presentation there, she has been invited to give a seminar on her research this September at Yale University … Say what?! … Yale? … I almost fell off my Barcalounger.

Then, a couple of days ago, my oldest daughter, Sarah, informed me that after working at Allegra Network (formerly Speedy Printing) for over 15 years – as an intern, an accountant, and an executive – she had been named their Controller.  Knowing the dedication and hard work she has shown the company, it’s well-deserved but still an outstanding achievement.   So, she has a new title, a new office, and a hefty raise.

Well, thanks for reading this – especially something that has nothing to do with Auburn Hills.  I’m just a proud father bursting at the seams to tell the great news about his wonderful girls.   This news has put a spring in the step of your trusty part-time Code Enforcement Officer.  Life is good.