Mayor and Commissioner of Public Affairs
Al Hill was born and raised in “The Region”, home of the oil refineries and steel mills of northwest Indiana on October 2, 1950. He graduated from high school in 1968 and then attended Loras College until he was inducted into the U. S. Army in 1970. After serving as a Military Policeman he was honorably discharged in 1972 and enrolled at Indiana University. He married Christine Fisher in 1973. Al graduated from Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1975, majoring in Political Science and Forensic Studies. The following year he again graduated from Indiana with a Master of Science Degree in Public Recreation and Park Administration.
In June of 1976, Al was hired by Chuck Paxton to manage the Zion Ice Arena for the Zion Park District. He became Superintendent of Recreation in 1978 and served in that position for three years. In the meantime, Al and Chris became the proud parents of two wonderful daughters. The Hills then moved to Stevens Point, Wisconsin in 1981 where Al served as Director of Parks, Recreation, Forestry and Telecommunications for a period of five years.
In 1986, Chuck Paxton retired from the Zion Park District and Al was selected to replace him as the Director of Parks and Recreation. While Director, Al guided the Park District through the financial difficulties that followed the closing of the nuclear power plant, renovated Shiloh Pool, supervised the construction and operations of Shepherds Crook Golf Course and expanded recreation opportunities throughout the District. He retired in 2008.
Al was elected to the Zion City Council in 2013 and served the Zion community as Commissioner of Building, Public Property and Zoning. He was elected Mayor on April 7, 2015.