Two Characters

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Do you know these guys?  Don’t worry they’re not wanted by the Police.  We think you should know these fine gentleman because they’ve served the City well.

Shawn Keenan (left) and Darren Darge (right)

Shawn Keenan (left) and Darren Darge (right)

We’re pleased to announce the recent promotion and recognition of these two Community Development Department team members by City Manager Pete Auger.

  • Darren Darge has been upgraded to Senior Code Enforcement Officer based on his outstanding performance.  Darren started with the City in 2006 as an Assessing appraiser.  In 2010, he joined our Department as a Code Enforcement Officer.  Much beloved around City Hall, Darren has a tough vocation because not everyone is happy to see him out on the streets.  He’s charged with communicating and enforcing Auburn Hills’ property maintenance standards.  The job takes common sense, hustle, and the ability to communicate respectfully. Darren has excelled in the role.
  • Shawn Keenan has been re-titled to Assistant City Planner.  Shawn has worked as the City’s Water Resources Coordinator since 2002; first in the Department of Public Works, later joining our Department in 2008.  He has been a true champion in promoting water quality and his work has given Auburn Hills a reputation as a leader in Michigan.  Two years ago, he decided that he wanted to take his skills to the next level.  After considerable study and self-improvement, Shawn became a professional city planner by obtaining his national AICP certification last year.  Today, he has a new role in helping our Development Team facilitate planning and zoning projects, which brings tremendous value to the City.

So, if you see these two characters around … tell them congrats!  It’s good folks like Darren and Shawn that help make the Auburn Hills’ organization strong.  We’re proud of them.