Timothy Killeen - District 1

Timothy P. Killeen was born and raised on the lower east side of Detroit, the fifth of seven children. His father, Jim Killeen, 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 DeLaSalle High School, Tim went to work as a manager of the Cass Corridor Food Cooperative in the 1980's. The Cooperative is a not-for-profit food store and still services mid-town 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 as a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Federation of Food Cooperatives, including one year as Chair. 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 BS 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 classes at Denby High School for the next thirteen 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 Chair for Southeast Michigan. In that position he combined his love of nature with his belief in the power of grassroots organization 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 Chair 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.


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 November newsletter

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 -
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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