Building Official Jeff Spencer Honored For 30 Years Of Service

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Yesterday was special for us.

Numerous City staff visited our Department, and gathered around some wonderful Costco cake, to congratulate Building Official Jeff Spencer for 30 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the City of Auburn Hills.

Building Official Jeff Spencer (left) and Assistant City Manager Don Grice (right)

Building Official Jeff Spencer (left) and Assistant City Manager Don Grice (right)

Jeff Spencer has played an integral role in the City’s growth and has a ton of experience.  He has helped ensure the safety of hundreds of buildings, which is quite a legacy.   It is people like Jeff who help make our community great.

In front of his co-workers, friends, and family, Jeff gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone and provided some sage advice:

  1. Keep life in balance.  Work hard for eight hours, have eight hours of fun and down time, and sleep eight hours.  Mess that up and things get crazy.
  2. Keep working to improve yourself and your skills.
  3. Do your homework and don’t try to do things on your own.
  4. Take action.  Don’t be scared to make a mistake.  You can also get in trouble for doing nothing.
  5. Be a mentor to someone.  Teach the younger generation and pass on your knowledge.  Don’t forget that you can also learn the skills they have to offer.
  6. Change and get better or you will be left behind.

Jeff … Thank you for your service to the City of Auburn Hills.  You are an awesome big brother.  I look forward to working many more years side-by-side with you.

Look Who’s 60

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Today, we had a fun celebration to honor Building Official Jeff Spencer who turns 60 years old on Saturday.  Jeff’s a critical member of our team.  His knowledge of the “ins and outs” of building construction is quite amazing, but that’s not what makes him special to us.  Those who know Jeff will tell you that he’s always thinking of others and has an extremely generous spirit.  We love this guy.

The Community Department Staff wishes Jeff (front and center) a Happy 60th Birthday

The Community Department Staff wishes Jeff (front and center) a Happy 60th Birthday

The team had brownie sundaes for Jeff

The team had brownie sundaes for Jeff

Jeff has served the City for the past 27 years.  He has witnessed the City’s growth and has ensured that hundreds of structures have been built safely over the years.  He’s done and seen just about everything.

Many may not know that Jeff grew up in the community and is an Avondale High School graduate.  He shared these neat photos of him with us from back in 1968 and 1969.

Fall 1968 - Jeff (second to the right) with his Avondale buddies standing on Waukegan

Fall 1968 – Jeff (second to the right) with his Avondale buddies standing on Waukegan

1969 - 9th Grade Mock Election - Jeff's humor goes way back

1969 – 9th Grade Mock Election – Jeff’s humor goes way back

Happy Birthday, big brother!

When the Governor Calls … You Serve

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

We are pleased to announce that our very own Jeff Spencer, Building Official in the great City of Auburn Hills, has been appointed to the Michigan Barrier Free Design Board by Governor, Rick Snyder.

Jeff Spencer, Building Official

Jeff Spencer, Building Official

This nine-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with reviewing and processing requests for exception to barrier-free design specifications as well as making recommendations for barrier free design rules.  “Jeffrey brings more than 40 years of experience to the board and I appreciate his willingness to serve in this role,” Governor Snyder said in a press release.

Closer to home, Jeff is a member and former president of the Oakland County Building Officials Association and member of the Southeast Michigan Building Officials and Inspectors Association. Last year he served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA).  But most importantly, he has served the residents and businesses of Auburn Hills for over 25 years.

Congratulations, Jeff on your appointment.  We’re proud of you!