It was his nearly 17 years of hands-on experience that Timilty touted during his successful campaign this fall to succeed the retiring Clerk of Courts Nicholas Barbadoro. Timilty defeated Quincy Republican Daniel Dewey to claim the $89,000-a-year seat that Barbadoro, a Braintree Democrat, had held since 1983.
His assumption of the job will add to the already extensive tradition of public sevice in the Timilty family. His grandfather, James P. Timilty, was a state senator. His uncle, Joseph F. Timilty, was a Boston police commissioner. His brother, also Joseph F. Timilty, was a Boston city councilor, state senator, and three-time mayoral candidate. His son, [Walter F. Timilty Jr.], is a two-term state representative. His niece, Kelly A. Timilty, is a member of the Governor's Council. His nephew, James E. Timilty, lost bids for state Senate in 1998 and 2000. Another nephew, Greg Timilty, ran unsuccessfully for City Council at large in Boston in 1999. And Timilty himself served as a Milton selectman and town meeting member.
After a nine-month stint working for his brother Joseph's mayoral campaign in 1979, Timilty served from 1980-1983 as director of Governor Edward J. King Jr.'s Committee on Criminal Justice. Following six months as a consultant to the Criminal Justice Training Council, Timilty began his tenure in 1994 at the Norfolk County Clerk of Courts office.