Tim Elinski was born and raised in Arizona, and spent his childhood along the banks of the East Verde River north of Payson. After spending time in the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Europe, Elinski moved to the Verde Valley and purchased his home in Old Town Cottonwood where he now lives with his wife Ruth Ellen. Elinski is a licensed contractor who specializes in historic restoration. His hobbies include constantly working on his old home with his patient wife, pulling a vintage trailer along forgotten-about dirt roads in distant corners of our state, and learning by doing. Elinski has formed the Cottonwood Historic Preservation Commission and formerly served on Cottonwood's Planning and Zoning Commission.