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Meadow Brook Concert & Cuisine
More than 350 ($85 - $125 tickets) convened at Oakland University for the annual summer fundraiser for MBT - “Michigan’s answer to Broadway.” Before the food stations opened, folks lollygagged outside sipping beer and wine from the Rochester Tap Room and bid $9,000 for the silent auction items Colleen Brnabic and Maryann Foxlee had set up in the hallway. Generous local restaurants (see photo gallery) served savory fare for dining on the stroll before the theatre doors opened. Artistic director Travis Walter conducted a live auction with his trademark good humor. He got $500 from two bidders for two Dickens packages that included a walk-on role in MBT’s “A Christmas Carol” and $900 for a Fender Squire Guitar signed by The Grass Roots Band.
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04/14/2017 - Bloomfield Township Police Chief Geof Gaudard announced at the township board meeting on Wednesday, April 12, he is retiring from the force in May, and that Captain Scott McCanham will be promoted to replace him as chief.
Gaudard, who was first hired by the Bloomfield Township Police Department in 1987, rose through the ranks, and was appointed to chief of police by the board of trustees in May of 2013. He served in a variety of positions with the department, including field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, firearms and patrol rifle instructor, patrol sergeant, captain of patrol and investigations, and deputy chief for former chief Kirt Bowden. In 2008, he completed a three-month course at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
McCanham, who has been with the department since 1988, similarly rose through the department's ranks, first as a patrolman, then a school liaison officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and since 2006, captain.
"The department has a long, successful history of a well thought-out succession plan along with preparing and grooming our command staff to be ready to succeed at the next level. This recommendation is another example of ensuring consistent and effective leadership for your police department. The following is an overview of Captain McCanham's career, highlighting his education, work experience, and knowledge, skills and abilities," Gaudard said.
"Both Gaudard and McCanham are great guys, and both are a credit to the department," said township supervisor Leo Savoie. "You know you've done a great thing when you can promote from within."
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