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City of AuburnCandidate for City Council

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Roger Luebkeman

Retired Police Lieutenant
1,933 votes (16.82%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve efficiency of Public Safety Department. City needs to create a plan that identifies areas where Police and Fire can share duties. With limited resources we need to make sure that we utilize your taxes in the most cost effective way.
  • Maintain Roadways. Our roadways are behind schedule on maintenance. We need to reallocate funds for other area of the budget and put it towards road maintenance. We need to provide roadways that are without potholes and cracks.
  • Improve Technology. The city is lacking in technology and there is no central body that makes sure that the money we spend on technology is compatible with other projects. Auburn has a Technology Commission that has been ignored. Let's use it..



Profession:Retired Police Lieutenant/Planning Commissioner
Commissioner - currently the Chair, Auburn Planning Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Commissioner, Auburn Technology Commission — Appointed position (2013–current)
Police Officer /Sergeant / Lieutenant, City of Santa Clara (1977–2003)


San Jose State University Bachelors of Science, Administration of Justice (1976)

Community Activities

Friend of Rotary, Auburn Gold County Rotary (2014–current)


After graduating from San Jose State University, I began a 26 year career with the Santa Clara Police Department.  Throughout my career I spent time in various positions which included Investigator, Patrol Watch Commander, Recruitment, Training and Traffic Lieutenant.  During this time, I developed an interest in technology and how it could be implemented to improve the efficiency of the officers.  I designed and developed multiple database management systems that the department still uses to this day.  One such program was awarded the California League of City’s “Helen Putman Award of Excellence”. 


After retiring as a Lieutenant, I started my own software development company to create database systems for other police departments around the country. Today, there are numerous Police, Fire and University Public Safety agencies using the programs developed by my company to better manage their data for a more efficient workforce.


Since moving to Auburn I have become involved with the City of Auburn government.  In 2012 I was appointed to the Auburn Planning Commission and Historic Design Review Commission, and for the past two years I have served as Chairman of both.This involvement has also provided me the opportunity to join the Auburn Traffic Committee.  The two years I served on the committee gave me a unique perspective of the traffic problems facing our city. Additionally, in 2014 I was appointed to the Technology Commission for the City of Auburn.  This Commission is responsible for reporting to the City Council with recommendations of new technology advances that we believe would help solve some of the issues Auburn continues to face each year. 


My association with Auburn Gold County Rotary has provided me the opportunity to work on community projects and events in order to raise much needed funds for local and international organizations. The commitment of Rotarians, as well as other service club members within Auburn, is a tremendous asset to our city that I am delighted to be a part of.


My wife, Leanne, and I have been married for 28 years and have two grown sons Alex and Taylor.  Alex is a graduate of San Jose State University and is now working at Ceronix here in Auburn.  Taylor is a graduate of San Diego State University and works for Classy in San Diego.  When  Leanne and I decided it was time to relocate from the Bay Area, we found Auburn to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming communities. We find it simply a fantastic place to live! 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that elected government officials should be the representatives of the people.  The governement should work for us.  Not the other way around.  When laws are created it is up to our government to enforce them.  However, it is then up to our elected officials to make sure they are enforced properly and fairly.  A good example is the controversy that just occurred over the Longhorn Meat company's steer on the roof.  The letter of the law said it was an illegal sign and cannot be there.  But due to the public input the decision was reversed.  That is how government should work.

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