About Tim


Tim Kelly moved to Saginaw from Indiana in 1995 when Governor John Engler asked him to be his Education Policy Advisor. Tim also helped create, organize and administer the Michigan Department of Workforce Development, as the Special Advisor to the Director of the DWD. Prior to that, he held positions in economic and workforce development on behalf of the Governor of Indiana, including Executive Director of the Indiana Human Resource Investment Council, Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Vocational Education, and Business Development Specialist with the Indiana Department of Commerce. Before that, Tim worked in the private sector for his family’s emulsified asphalt materials company, beginning as a Production Assistant in Indiana, and ending as a Sales Manager in Texas and Colorado prior to the sale of the company in the mid-80’s. Tim and his wife Deenie (Harvey), a Saginaw native, have been married for 16 years and have two teenage sons. Tim has a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Denver. Tim was elected as a Saginaw County Commissioner in 2010, representing Saginaw Township.

Expanded Bio

As the Special Advisor to the Director of the Michigan Department of Career Development, Tim helped create and lead a state agency that revolutionized career preparation, education and job training for displaced workers and families. The Department of Career Development was responsible for 25 regional Workforce Investment Boards, over 100 local One-Stop employment centers, vocational and adult education in 28 community colleges and high schools, welfare-to-work, rehabilitation and veterans services.

Tim was personally responsible for the establishment of 42 WorkKeys Service Centers statewide in partnership with Michigan’s community colleges and intermediate school districts. These centers provided job-profiling services to employers, assessment and instruction based on ACT’s WorkKeys system. The WorkKeys Service Centers also administered and awarded the Michigan Career Readiness Certificate, a portable skills credential Tim helped develop and implement.

Tim’s financial management skills are evidenced by his successful administration of over $10 million in tobacco settlement funds he was directly responsible for; $2.5 million for development and implementation of the web-based TalentFreeway Career Guidance System, $4.5 million for BeeFreeway, a web-based training tool for Michigan’s small employers, and a $2.5 million grant to Junior Achievement, along with grants to charter schools and community colleges for capacity building. In addition to acting as grant administrator for these projects, Tim assisted in their creation and development.

As Governor John Engler’s Education Policy Advisor, Tim was responsible for all aspects of Michigan’s education policy and programs, including serving as the governor’s liaison to the State Board of Education, Achieve, Inc., the National Education Goals Panel and the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) tests.

As a Business Development Specialist for the Indiana Department of Commerce, Tim was secured nearly $1 billion in investments in new plants and expansions. Tim helped lead a trade and business recruitment mission to Europe, along with representatives from several Indiana communities, where they visited potential customers in the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.

Prior to public service, Tim was employed by his family’s company, Bituminous Materials Company, Inc., a nationwide manufacturer and distributor of emulsified asphalt products for the road construction industry. Tim held positions in production, sales and marketing. As a Sales Manager, Tim was responsible for the overall management of production, sales and distribution for specific territories. These duties entailed development of sales presentations, bid preparations and proposals, sales forecasts, performance reports, and continuous customer development and training.

After finishing a close second for the State House Republican nomination in the 94th District in 2006, Tim was elected as the chairman of the Saginaw County Republican Party. Tim served two terms as chairman before his election to the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners in 2010.

Tim is a member of St. Stephen parish. In 2010, he was appointed by Bishop Joseph Cistone to the Saginaw Area Catholic Schools’ Board of Trustees. Tim also serves on the St. Mary’s Hospital Community Advisory Committee and volunteers as head coach of the Nouvel Men’s Varsity Tennis team.