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.
"CHAT WITH COMMISH KILLEEN:"
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.