Kevin Keane is a graduate of the Fenton High School Class of 1972. Today, he is the mayor of the city of Flushing.
“I went to CMU for two years, ran out of money, worked in restaurants and three GM plants, returned to CMU and met my wife, Carol,” said Keane of his time after high school. “We have been married 40 years (41 in September) have two adult children and two grandchildren.
“Shortly after we were married I was laid off from GM again,” he said. “I utilized the Federal Trade Relocation Program and CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) and changed trades. I began as a janitor at the Consumers Power coal-fired power plants in Essexville and held increasingly responsible positions, retiring from Consumers Energy nearly 40 years later as area manager for Governmental and Community Affairs for Genesee and Lapeer counties.”
The Tri-County Times counted on Keane as a trusted Consumers Energy spokesperson for several years.
“I was transferred to Flint in 1990 and have resided in Flushing since then,” Keane said. “My first political appointment in Flushing was to the Planning Commission, then the Zoning Board of Appeals and ultimately was appointed and then successfully ran for City Council.
I was elected mayor in 2013 and will seek my fourth term in November.
My fondest Fenton memories include playing Truman Pendennis in the melodrama, “Love Rides the Rails (or will the Mail Train Run Tonight), leading the FHS Marching Band as drum major down LeRoy Street for what I believe was the last time in the spring of 1972 before Urban Renewal, and serving many of Fenton’s business and community leaders at the Fenton Hotel in the early ’70s.
“Of course, there was my temporary residency at the fire hall in the wake of the (August) 2007 tornado,” Keane said. He served as the Consumers Energy liaison and spokesperson when so many were out of power on the heels of that storm.