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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 is vice-chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, after having servided as chair from 2010-20 andis also vice-chair of the Committee on Government Operations. He is also chair of the Special Committee on Behavioral Health. In 2012, the State of Michigan passed as law that separated the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network 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 Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network 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. He also serves on the Rosa Parks Memorial Task Force.

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.


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"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.

Grosse Pointe Park - 9-10 a.m. third Monday of the month at the Grosse Pointe Park City Hall, 15115 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park. Meetings are on the second floor (city administration level).
Harper Woods - 6-7 p.m., third Monday of the month at Victoria's Bistro, 19840 Kelly, Harper Woods.
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.
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Staff: Tamika Kennedy

Fax: (313) 967-1238

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Members have been selected for new Wayne County Women's Commission
Members have been selected for new Wayne County Women's Commission
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Nineteen women from diverse backgrounds have been selected as members of the newly created Wayne County Women's Commission it was announced today. Members include one representative from each of the 15 Wayne County Commission districts, a representative
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today voted to create a citizen-based Women's Commission. The volunteer group will be focused on studying issues, making recommendations, and advocating for actions to improve the lives of women across Wayne County.
Wayne County Commission issues year-end review for 2020
Wayne County Commission issues year-end review for 2020
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
COVID-19 didn't stop the Wayne County Commission from undertaking numerous activities in 2020, with a special emphasis on social justice and human rights. Details are containedddd in a report issued by Chair Alisha Bell.
Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Update on COVID-19 vaccines
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The attached update on COVID-19 vaccines in Wayne County is effective as of Jan. 14, 2021
Wayne County advises those 65 and older that  vaccine info will come from health systems
Wayne County advises those 65 and older that vaccine info will come from health systems
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wayne County is advising those 65 and older to register through their online patient portal with their hospital system, if they haven't already, to receive information on when they might receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Wayne County health officials to give update on COVID-19 vaccines
Wayne County health officials to give update on COVID-19 vaccines
Monday, January 11, 2021
Wayne County Health Department officials will provide a public update on vaccine distribution and other issues related to the county's COVID-19 response at the 1:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Wayne County Commission Committee on Health & Human Services.
Wayne County health officials to discuss COVID-19 vaccines at Monday meeting
Wayne County health officials to discuss COVID-19 vaccines at Monday meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Wayne County Health Department officials will share what they know about COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution 11 a.m. Monday during a meeting of the Wayne County Commission Committee on Health & Human Services, To attend, visit zoom.us/j/2112321934.
Major discussion to be held on solid waste issues in Wayne County
Major discussion to be held on solid waste issues in Wayne County
Monday, November 23, 2020
Health and Human Services Committee meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Wayne County steps up COVID-19 response to meet rising case numbers
Wayne County steps up COVID-19 response to meet rising case numbers
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wayne County is increasing its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic under a four-point strategy as case numbers continue to rise, county health officials said Tuesday in a meeting with members of the Committee on Health & Human Services.
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Group seeks to bring together high school students of diverse backgrounds to help develop programs for young people.
Wayne County Commission adopts county human rights ordinance
Wayne County Commission adopts county human rights ordinance
Friday, October 2, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners adopted a Human Rights Ordinance for Wayne County Oct. 1 in a unanimous vote. The ordinance prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race and other characteristics.
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners today (Sept. 30) unanimously adopted a balanced $1.66 billion county operating budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year - the first county budget impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Students, enrolled in Wayne County's high schools from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, are encouraged to apply to participate in the Wayne County Commission Youth Council leadership program. Details on the program, and on how to join, are attached.
Wayne County Commissioners to discuss proposed county human rights ordinance
Wayne County Commissioners to discuss proposed county human rights ordinance
Thursday, September 24, 2020
A public hearing on a proposed Human Rights Ordinance for Wayne County is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 before the Wayne County Commission. A copy of the proposed ordinance is attached.
Report shows Detroit Institute of Arts continued to exceed its service goals during the past year
Report shows Detroit Institute of Arts continued to exceed its service goals during the past year
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Residents of Wayne County are continuing to benefit from the 2012 millage that provides funding to the Detroit Institute of Arts, DIA officials said.
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen receives Public Policy Award
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen receives Public Policy Award
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen was presented with the Public Policy Award by the The Arc Detroit at its 68th Annual Legacy Awards banquet, held Sept. 14.
Commissioners Clark-Coleman, Killeen gain appointments
Commissioners Clark-Coleman, Killeen gain appointments
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman was appointed to the Wayne County Community Corrections Advisory Board and Commissioner Tim Killeen was reappointed to the Wayne County Art Institute Authority Board in action by the county commission.
Commission's 1st District slated to receive more than $300,000 in federal assistance
Commission's 1st District slated to receive more than $300,000 in federal assistance
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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.
Commissioners Killeen, Haidous appointed to SEMCOG General Assembly
Commissioners Killeen, Haidous appointed to SEMCOG General Assembly
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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.
Commissioner Tim Killeen, Unify Detroit Coalition present 'A Family Affair Free Health Fair and More'
Commissioner Tim Killeen, Unify Detroit Coalition present 'A Family Affair Free Health Fair and More'
Monday, May 9, 2016
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 ...
Commission accepts state grant to monitor water quality at two Grosse Pointe Farms beaches
Commission accepts state grant to monitor water quality at two Grosse Pointe Farms beaches
Thursday, January 21, 2016
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.
Commissioner Tim Killeen's Fall 2015 newsletter
Commissioner Tim Killeen's Fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, November 13, 2015
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.
Commission approves sale of RESA Annex to The Senior Alliance, will lease space for $1 annually
Commission approves sale of RESA Annex to The Senior Alliance, will lease space for $1 annually
Friday, October 2, 2015
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. ...
State grant, county match will pay for study on health of Rouge River Watershed
State grant, county match will pay for study on health of Rouge River Watershed
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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.
Letter to District 1 residents: What is the Wayne County summer tax special assessment, and how I voted
Letter to District 1 residents: What is the Wayne County summer tax special assessment, and how I voted
Monday, July 13, 2015
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.
Commissioner Killeen to serve as keynote speaker for conference to benefit deaf, blind residents
Commissioner Killeen to serve as keynote speaker for conference to benefit deaf, blind residents
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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 ...
Commissioner Killeen hosts free community health fair May 9
Commissioner Killeen hosts free community health fair May 9
Monday, May 4, 2015
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.
District 1 November Newsletter
District 1 November Newsletter
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Commissioner Killeen's latest district newsletter.
Mental Health Authority Resolution
Mental Health Authority Resolution
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Mental Health proposed enabling resolution
District 1 Spring Newsletter
District 1 Spring Newsletter
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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.
Commission sets public hearing dates for Mental Health Agency transformation
Commission sets public hearing dates for Mental Health Agency transformation
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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. .
State Audit of Wayne County
State Audit of Wayne County
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wayne County Consulting Project Financial Assessment Phase II
Commissioner Killeen's Homeland Security Forum draws crowd
Commissioner Killeen's Homeland Security Forum draws crowd
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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