Timothy Killeen - District 1

Timothy P. Killeen (D-Detroit), a Wayne County commissioner since 2007, was born and raised on the lower east side of Detroit, the fifth of seven children. His father, Jim, was an investigator with the U.S. Immigration Service. After his retirement from the Justice Department, Jim served as Wayne County clerk for 18 years. Tim's mother, Georgia, a former teacher and FBI employee from Minnesota, raised Tim, his five sisters and one brother on Lakewood Avenue in Detroit before Jim and Georgia moved the family to Grosse Pointe Farms in 1972. 

After graduating from Detroit's De La Salle High School, Tim went to work as a manager of the Cass Corridor Food Cooperative in the 1980s. The Cooperative is a not-for-profit food store and still serves midtown Detroit and adheres to its philosophy of "Food for People, Not for Profit". Through that experience, Tim gained the skills of running a small business that, at the same time, provides a community service. From 1981 to 1986, he served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Federation of Food Cooperatives, including one year as chairman. During that time, Tim sat on the bargaining team to negotiate the first labor contract in the organization's history. Tim is proud to have worked cooperatively with the union to reach a fair and equitable labor agreement.

Tim earned a bachelor of science degree in biology and a teaching certificate from Michigan State University in 1992, graduating with honors. He returned to the east side of Detroit and taught science at Denby High School for the next 13 years.Tim also purchased a home on Detroit's east side, where his garden is much admired by his neighbors.

In 1994 he joined the Sierra Club, a national grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment. In 1997, Tim became the Sierra Club's political chairman for Southeast Michigan. In that position, he combined his love of nature with his belief in the power of grassroots organizations to effect political change. Under his stewardship, the Sierra Club's Southeast Michigan political program has grown enormously and is now an effective political presence. In 2001, the Michigan Sierra Club Board of Directors named Tim the political chairman for the entire state of Michigan, a position he held until 2005.

Tim's environmental advocacy has been fueled by his great passion for the out-of-doors. He has taken many trips, both on foot and by canoe, through the woods and wilderness of upper Michigan. On these excursions, he enjoys his son's camp cooking and pursues an interest in nature photography. As Wayne County commissioner, Tim chairs the Committee on Health and Human Services.

Commissioner Killeen will meet with 1st District constituents on Mondays at four sites in the district. No appointments are necessary. Click here for a flier with details. Meetings will not be held on holidays.

*9-10 a.m., second Monday of the month at the Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court, 20025 Mack Plaza. Park on the north side and use the court entrance. Meetings are in the small jury room.

*9-10 a.m., third Monday of the month at the Palmer T. Heenan Municipal Center, 15115 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park. Meetings are on the second floor (city administration level).

*6-7 p.m., third Monday of the month at Tim Hortons, 19353 Vernier at Beaconsfield, Harper Woods.

*Noon-1 p.m., last Monday of the month at the Detroit Public Library Monteith Branch, 14100 Kercheval at Eastlawn. Meetings are in the adult reading room.

Representing: Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods & Detroit (part).

Staff: Tamika Kennedy, Roman Hammes

Fax: (313) 967-1238

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District 1 News & Events

Commissioner Tim Killeen's fall 2015 newsletter

Friday, November 13, 2015 - Commission
Commissioner Tim Killeen represents the 1st District, which covers Detroit's Lower Eastside, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods and Harper Woods.
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Commission approves sale of RESA Annex to The Senior Alliance, will lease space for $1 annually

Friday, October 02, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted 15-0 Oct. 1 to approve a three-part transaction that will result in the sale of the RESA Annex building in Wayne to The Senior Alliance, with the county leasing back about 5,000 square feet for $1 annually.
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State grant, county match will pay for study on health of Rouge River Watershed

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously July 16 to accept a grant from the state that will help the county monitor the health of the Rouge River and its branches.
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Letter to District 1 residents: What is the Wayne County summer tax special assessment, and how I voted

Monday, July 13, 2015 - Commission
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the “WC Judgment” on your summer tax bill. Let me start with the simple and move to the more complex. This one-time levy is a Wayne County judgment levy.
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Commissioner Killeen to serve as keynote speaker for conference to benefit deaf, blind residents

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, will be the keynote speaker of the inaugural “Community and Political Collaboration: Working to Improve the Quality of Life for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind” conference, scheduled for Aug. 21.
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Commissioner Killeen hosts free community health fair May 9

Monday, May 04, 2015 - Commission
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park. It is open to all.
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District 1 November newsletter

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 -
Click the icon to read Commissioner Killeen's latest district newsletter.
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Commissioner Killeen's Homeland Security Forum draws crowd

Thursday, March 08, 2012 - Commission District 1
More than 100 local residents turned out for Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen’s (D-Detroit) homeland security forum on March 7 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial
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Commission sets public hearing dates for Mental Health Agency transformation

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Commission District 1
A series of three public hearings are scheduled to be held throughout Wayne County in connection with the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency (D-WCCMHA) and its transition into becoming an authority effective October 1, 2013.
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Mental Health Authority Resolution

Saturday, June 01, 2013 - Commission District 1
Mental Health proposed enabling resolution
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State Audit of Wayne County

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - Commission District 1
Wayne County Consulting Project Financial Assessment Phase II
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District 1 Spring Newsletter

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Commission District 1
This year begins my fourth two-year term on the Commission. For about one-half of the readers of this newsletter, I have been representing you for six years. For the other half, this is the first year I am representing you.
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Timothy Killeen
District 1 Commissioner
(313) 224-0920

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