City council representative Michael P. Hillier will not seek re-election for the next term on
Mount Vernon City Council. He currently represents the fourth ward for the city and is the
leading chair of the Planning and Zoning Committee. Hillier currently serves as the city
representative on Knox County Regional Planning and is chair of the Land Use Committee.
“I have been on city council for approximately fourteen years and it is time to let someone else
have the seat. I will be retirement age in 2024 and plan to retire from my workplace PakMail
and the city at the end of December 2023. Our grandsons live in Cincinnati and I plan on
attending more of their sporting events and spending more time with my family. My wife Terri
and I are ready to start the next phase of our lives,” Hillier said.
Hillier first joined city council in 2006 and represented the city as the at-large Republican
candidate. In 2015 he left council to run for the Mount Vernon mayoral position, losing the race
to current mayor Matthew Starr. In 2018 Hillier rejoined council after the Knox County
Republican Central Committee appointed him to fill the fourth ward term upon the vacancy left
by former city representative Jeff Gottke. Hillier won re-election to the fourth ward seat both in
2019 and 2021.
Hillier’s tenure on council have included chairmanships for Police and Fire, Finance and
Planning and Zoning Committees. Hillier stated, “I pride myself in the fact that I represent the
people first. I am never afraid to question the administration’s direction and how it will affect the
city’s budget. It is very important to remember why we are elected. I have only missed one
meeting and have never been late for a meeting since I was first elected. I feel I have made
many positive accomplishments for the residents of Mount Vernon. I want to thank all of those
who have supported me and have elected me to office throughout the years.”