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PROFILE OF CURTIS HILL
Hill was born in Elkhart County, the fifth child of Curtis T. Hill, Sr. and Eleanor M. Hill. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Indiana University School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana, and thereafter his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law in 1987. Hill began his legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County where he also maintained a private general practice of law. As a deputy prosecutor, Hill gained the reputation of a skilled litigator in the prosecution of homicides, child abuse, and the distribution of illegal narcotics.
In November 2002, Hill received 78% of the vote and was elected Elkhart County prosecuting attorney, succeeding Michael A. Cosentino who held the position for 28 years. Armed with an ambitious platform, Hill immediately set out to transform Indiana’s largest county that still had a part-time prosecutor's office into a professional and respected centralized law enforcement agency. Hill, currently in his third term, remains committed to enhancing the Elkhart County criminal justice system.
Advances in technology and training have resulted in state-wide recognition for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County as the standard for successful prosecution of serious and violent offenders. Hill has initiated creative programs in alternative justice, allowing the criminal justice system to focus the bulk of its resources on more significant crimes while exacting accountability for offenses requiring fewer court resources. Through select outside training courses and implementation of in-house training programs, Hill’s staff of deputy prosecutors is committed and well-prepared to serve the community.
Curtis Hill has maintained an active role in local, state and national organizations. Locally, Hill has served in a number of volunteer capacities including: the Boys & Girls Club, Encouraging Technology & Hands On Science (ETHOS), the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, and the Elkhart County Historical Society.
At the state level, Hill has served as trustee for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, chairman for the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, member of the Board of Governors for the Indiana State Bar Association, member of the State Board of Law Examiners Character and Fitness Committee, trustee of the Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter, president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc. and member of the Ethics Committee for Indiana Prosecutors.
Nationally, Hill has served as vice president of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), trustee for the National College of District Attorneys, member of the Executive Working Group and member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board. Hill has testified before Congress on “Methamphetamines in the Heartland” and served as a presenter for the Northern Indiana Methamphetamines Summit Sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy Executive Office of the President of the United States.
Curtis Hill regularly accepts invitations to address service clubs, schools and other organizations to provide information on the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the criminal justice system and his views on a variety of topics. He also conducts an annual Citizens Academy on the criminal justice system.
Hill enjoys an active lifestyle, keeping fit and regularly plays tennis as a part of his athletic regimen.
In addition to his primary role as prosecuting attorney, Hill performs on stage in local community theater productions, including recurring roles as the king of Siam in The King and I. Hill also has been known to take on the role of another “king” from time to time ... the “King of Rock 'n' Roll.” Among his other credits, Hill has been cast in Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Jungle Book and A Christmas Carol where he played the ghost of Jacob Marley. Click here to view photo gallery.
Hill and his wife, Teresa, have five children.