Tim Killeen (Dist. 1)
Tim 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 andis also vice-chair of the Committee on Government Operations. He also serves on the Rosa Parks Memorial Task Force.
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.
"CHAT WITH COMMISH KILLEEN:"
Commissioner Killeen will meet with 1st District constituents on Mondays at three sites in the district. No appointments are necessary. Click here for a flier with details. Meetings will not be held on holidays. Call (313) 224-0920 for more.
Detroit - 12 noon to 1 p.m. last Monday of the month. at the Monteith Public Library, 14100 Kercheval at Eastlawn. Meetings are in the adult reading room.
Staff: Tamika Kennedy
Fax: (313) 967-1238