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PROFILE OF CURTIS HILL
Curtis T. Hill, Jr. is Prosecuting Attorney in and for the 34th Judicial Circuit, Elkhart County, Indiana. Born and raised in Elkhart, Hill is the fifth and youngest child of Curtis T. Hill, Sr. and Eleanor M. Hill. Earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Indiana University School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana, Hill went on to pursue his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University School of Law where he graduated in 1987. He began his legal career as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County where he also maintained a private general practice of law. As a deputy prosecuting attorney, Hill gained his reputation as a skilled litigator in the prosecution of homicides, child abuse, and the distribution of illegal drugs.
In November 2002, Hill, a Republican, received 78% of the vote and was elected prosecuting attorney for Elkhart County, 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 part-time prosecuting attorney’s office into a full-time professional and well respected centralized law enforcement agency. Re-elected in 2006, 2010, and 2014, Hill is currently serving his fourth term as Prosecuting Attorney.
The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County is recognized state-wide as setting the standard for successful prosecution of serious and violent offenders. While Hill is well known for taking a hard line against career and hardened criminals, he has also initiated creative programs in alternative justice for the less serious offenders allowing the criminal justice system to focus the bulk of its resources on more significant crimes while still exacting accountability for lesser offenses requiring fewer court resources. As a trial lawyer, Hill supervises a staff of public safety professionals including highly trained, committed and well prepared deputy prosecutors who understand their mission is to seek the truth.
Curtis Hill has maintained a very active role in local, state and national organizations. Formerly, Hill served on the Board of Governors for the Indiana State Bar Association, chairman of the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, trustee for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, member of the Executive Working Group, member of the Board of Regents for the National College of District Attorneys, and board member for the Better Business Bureau, the Elkhart County Historical Society, and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.
Hill is a supporter and board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County having helped to establish the Boys and Girls Club in the City of Elkhart. Hill has been involved in several education initiatives including his board service on Encouraging Technology and Hands-On Science (ETHOS).
Hill is still active in the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc. having formerly served as president, the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney’s Council (IPAC) Ethics Committee, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) former vice president, member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board, member of the State Board of Law Examiners Character and Fitness Committee, and trustee of The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter. Hill is a life member of NAACP.
Hill has testified before Congress on “Methamphetamine in the Heartland” and served as a presenter for the Northern Indiana Methamphetamine Summit Sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States.
Curtis Hill believes in justice and the hope that is grounded in the American justice system. Hill regularly speaks to schools, service clubs and various organizations about the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the criminal justice system, and his views on a variety of topics. Hill also conducts the annual Elkhart County Criminal Justice System Citizens Academy highlighting the interplay between law enforcement, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the courts in safeguarding the community.
Hill is a former collegiate athlete and enjoys an active lifestyle. He keeps fit through regular exercise and tennis. Hill is also a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Hapkido.
In addition to his “primary role” as prosecuting attorney, Hill has performed on stage in a variety of local community theater productions, including recurring roles as the king of Siam in “The King and I”. Hill has also been known to assume the role of another “king”... the “King of Rock 'n' Roll.” Among some of 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 portrayed the “spirited” ghost of Jacob Marley. Click here to view photo gallery.
Hill and his wife, Teresa, have five children.