Timothy Killeen - District 1

Timothy P. Killeen (D-Detroit) has been a Wayne County commissioner since 2007. He 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 St. Paul, Minnesota, raised Tim, his five sisters and one brother on Lakewood Avenue in Detroit. 

After graduating from Detroit's De La Salle High School, Tim went to work as manager of the Cass Corridor Food Cooperative in the 1980s. The Cooperative was a member-owned, not-for-profit food store that served the Cass Corridor and Wayne State neighborhoods as well as healthy eaters from all over the metro area through the 1990’s. The Co-op ran on the philosophy of "Food for People, Not for Profit." Through that experience, Killeen gained the skills of running a small business that, at the same time, provides a community service. From 1981 through 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 14 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 state of Michigan, a position he held until 2005.

Tim has served in many capacities since joining the Wayne County Commission, including a member of the Committee on Audit since 2007. He has served as chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services since 2010 and, presently, is also a member of the Committee on Public Services and Committee on Economic Development.

In 2012, the State of Michigan passed as law that separated the Wayne County Mental Health Agency from county government and made it a free-standing Authority. Tim was tasked by the chair of the commission in writing the enabling resolution that unsnarled this $700 million entity from county government. The new Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority has thrived in its independence and Tim has been a board member since its inception.

Tim also sits, as the commission representative, on the Board of Authority Health. This governmental organization was created to deal with the medically un- and underinsured citizens of the county when it looked like Detroit Receiving Hospital would go bankrupt in the late 1990s.

Civically, Tim sits on the Board of the Moross Greenway Project as well as the advisory board for the fledgling Detroit Community Nature Center located in Lakewood Park in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.

Tim's environmental advocacy has been fueled by his great passion for the out-of-doors. He has taken many trips through the woods and wilderness of Upper Michigan and has crisscrossed Isle Royale several times on foot and in a canoe. On these excursions, he enjoys his son's camp cooking and pursues an interest in nature photography. 



Click here for a map of conditions of roads maintained by Wayne County, rated as "good," "fair" or "poor." The conditions are as of Dec. 1, 2015.


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 Big Boy Restaurant, 20710 Mack Ave., just north of Vernier, Grosse Pointe Woods.
*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.

Staff: Tamika Kennedy, Roman Hammes

Fax: (313) 967-1238

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District 1 News & Events

Commission’s 1st District slated to receive more than $300,000 in federal assistance

Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - Commission
Six cities in the Wayne County Commission’s 1st District will receive a combined $306,314.70 in Community Development Block Grant money, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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Commissioners Killeen, Haidous appointed to SEMCOG General Assembly

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioners Al Haidous and Tim Killeen were unanimously appointed May 19 by their peers to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments’ General Assembly. Commissioner Martha G. Scott was appointed as an alternate.
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Commissioner Tim Killeen, Unify Detroit Coalition present ‘A Family Affair Free Health Fair and More’

Monday, May 09, 2016 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen and the Unify Detroit Coalition will co-host “A Family Affair Free Health Fair and More” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at St. Claire of Montefalco Catholic Church, 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park.
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Commission accepts state grant to monitor water quality at two Grosse Pointe Farms beaches

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Commission
When the 2016 swim season rolls around, two Lake St. Clair beaches in Grosse Pointe Farms will be tested to ensure that the water quality will be safe for swimmers.
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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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