Remembering Community Philanthropist Steve Stolaruk

Steve Stolaruk, Community Philanthropist Honored for Life of Giving Contributed by Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett This morning we learned that Steve Stolaruk, a longtime resident and community supporter, passed away overnight. We were shocked and saddened by the news. Since the time I was elected Mayor of the City of Rochester Hills, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Steve. Over the last ten years, I have found him to be a dynamic individual, passionate about … [Read more...]

Jenoptik Invests $15 Million in Rochester Hills

Jenoptik invests around 15 million US dollars at its US location in Rochester Hills, Michigan Jenoptik is building a modern technology campus for engineering, production, sales and service for metrology and laser machines for the automotive industry. In future, other Jenoptik businesses will also expand their North American business from this location. The Jenoptik Group is investing around 15 million US dollars in its US location in Rochester Hills, Michigan, creating a new modern … [Read more...]

Jenoptik Automotive to Bring 250 jobs to Rochester Hills averaging $90,000 salaries

German Company to Invest in Rochester Hills Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett announced Thursday at a press conference the sale of 15 acres of city owned property to German manufacturer, Jenoptik Automotive. The sale was approved by city council on February 22. Jenoptik Automotive, a manufacturer and system provider for high precision, contact, and non-contact production metrology and laser cutting has been operating in Rochester Hills since 2007. Executives at Jenoptik have submitted … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Public Library Invited to Join White House’s ConnectED Initiative

Every child deserves the chance to learn and thrive in an environment that is enriched by the latest technology. Two years ago President Obama announced ConnectED, a signature initiative focused on transforming teaching and learning through digital connectivity and content. On April 30, the President announced two new efforts to strengthen learning opportunities by improving access to digital content and to public libraries: new eBooks commitments and the ConnectED Library Challenge. The … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Could Face Additional Candidates in Primary Election

The road to the Rochester Hills Mayor's office is getting crowded. Incumbent Mayor Bryan K. Barnett announced that he would run in this year's race as a write-in candidate to circumvent the position's term limits. Former City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi has also thrown his name in the race and now Jim Stevens has joined in as well, which means on August 4, residents will have three candidates to choose from, with only two moving on to the November election. Read the full story on The … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills mayor’s open reply to Madonna’s hometown jibes goes viral

By Kayla Varicalli From writing a letter to Madonna in his bed to landing a five-minute interview on CNN, Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett quickly found himself--and his letter--in the public eye. Shortly after the letter went viral, he visited OU's ethics in the media class on Thursday, March 26. Students took the opportunity to ask Barnett his motives and effects of his come-back letter to Madonna. Madonna bashed her hometown of Rochester Hills over an interview with Howard … [Read more...]

Reader offers ‘smart’ critique of Rochester Hills

The Detroit News Re: Bryan K. Barnett’s March 19 letter, “Mayor responds to Madonna”: It was interesting to read Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett’s rebuttal to the recent Madonna comments on her hometown. Respecting what Madonna says about her upbringing in Rochester, circa 1975, let the good mayor not forget the plight of James Robertson, ‘The Walking Man,’ who couldn’t count on SMART bus service to get to work. This is an issue of high importance that Mayor Barnett should be … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett Discusses Madonna on CNN

Ever since Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett fired off an open letter addressing Madonna's comments regarding her former hometown, the media response has been overwhelming. In addition to being interviewed by local Detroit news stations, the story has also caught the attention of,, and international media outlets. On Wednesday, Barnett was interviewed on CNN by Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin where he discussed his retaliatory letter to pop singer Madonna. The mayor … [Read more...]

RCOC Chairman Greg Jamian Joins Regional Leaders to Support Michigan Senate’s Road Funding Plan

Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Chairman Greg Jamian yesterday joined a group of top leaders from Southeast Michigan at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) offices to urge the state Legislature to support the road-funding package passed recently by the Michigan Senate and supported by Governor Snyder. In addition to Jamian, the group included Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, SEMCOG Executive … [Read more...]

A Slippery Slope in Rochester Hills – Government Overreach Condoned

Below is Don't Drill the Hills (DDHI) response to Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander recent decision that their claims made against the City of Rochester Hills are without merit.  Click on the link to read Judge Alexander's November 4, 2014 ruling. A statement from DDHI counsel, Tim Lozen follows this press release. Don’t Drill the Hills, Inc (DDHI) is deeply disappointed that Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander denied Rochester Hills residents the right … [Read more...]