City Council

Hilliard City Council consists of seven elected officials who represent all city residents. As Hilliard’s legislative body, City Council sets policy, establishes goals and oversees the city’s annual budget.

Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Council Chamber of the Hilliard Municipal Building. Residents are welcome to speak before city council and simply need to sign in before the meeting. All speakers must maintain civil conduct and only address topics they designated when signing in. Contact us with questions or for more information.

The city council consists of five committees — city planning, projects and services, economic and entrepreneurial development, finance and administration, public safety and legal affairs and Recreation and Parks Department. These committees consider legislation before it advances to the full council. Committee meetings are open to the public and meet on an as-needed basis.

City Council Members

Headshot of Andy Teater Andy Teater was elected to Hilliard City Council in January 2018. Before his election to City Council, Andy was a member of Hilliard City School Board for 12 years and served as President for three years and Vice President for four years. Andy was recognized as the 2017 “Friend of Education” by the Hilliard Education Association.

Andy and his wife of 30 years, Phyllis, have three children who are graduates of Hilliard City Schools. Rachel is an alumnus of The Ohio State University and currently a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. Dan attends Anderson University and Sarah attends The Ohio State University.

Andy is an active member of Meadow Park Church of God and has been an Ohio High School Football Official for 30 years.

In his professional career, Andy owns Teater Relocation Services and has been involved with relocation assistance for the past 31 years, working with families and businesses that have been displaced by public projects.

His term runs through December 2021.

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Headshot of Pete MarshPete Marsh is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio.  After receiving an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, Pete moved to Columbus to pursue a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University.  Pete began his professional career as a landscape designer for a Buck & Sons Landscape Service, a Hilliard based landscaping company.  After acquiring 13 years of experience, Pete founded Blue Oak Patio & Landscape in Hilliard in 2018.

Prior to his appointment to City Council in early 2018, Pete was an original member of Hilliard’s Environmental Sustainability Commission (ESC).  The ESC serves as an advisory body to City Council on sustainability matters, and for the last three years Pete served as ESC Chairman.  Pete was also a member of the Board of Directors of Destination Hilliard for two years prior to his appointment, serving the last year as Treasurer of the organization.  Pete is an active member of St. Brendan the Navigator parish where he regularly volunteers to assist the Garden and Landscape Committee. On February 25th Pete was elected as Vice President of City Council.

Pete lives in Hilliard with his wife of 8 years, Beverly.  Pete and Beverly have 3 energetic daughters.

His term runs through December 2023.

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Headshot of Tom Baker

Tom Baker has 31 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry and has been a managing partner for Baker & Associates Insurance Agency, a local Hilliard business, for 19 years.

Mr. Baker’s first government affairs experience began when he served on Hilliard’s Charter Review Committee in 2008. Tom then went on to be elected to serve on Hilliard’s City Council in Februa 2013 and has served ever since.

Over the years, Tom has been incredibly involved in the Hilliard community where he has served as a member of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce as both a Chairman of the Board and as a Board Director. Tom has also served on many volunteer boards, such as Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association, Hilliard Davidson Drama Club, Hilliard Lacrosse Club, Professional Insurance Agents of Ohio, and MarketSource Agency Network, LLC.

Tom is a graduate of Wittenberg University with degrees in business administration and political science. He is a 29 year resident of Hilliard and has resided in the Hilliard City School District for 38 years. Tom has been married to his wife, Margo for 38 years and they have three children — Autumn, Scott and Jeremy, who all graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School.

His term runs through 2021.

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Headshot of Albert Iosue Frank L. (Les) Carrier was elected to Hilliard City Council in 2013 is currently serving his second term of office after being re-elected in 2017. His other community service has included membership on the Hilliard City Schools’ Audit and Accountability Committee and the St. Brendan School Advisory Board.

Les currently works for Arcadia Settlement Consulting Group, using his 30 years of insurance claims and litigation experience in his position as a Structured Settlement Consultant for the Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic Regions. Les began his insurance career in 1994 at Nationwide Insurance Company in Columbus as a casualty claims representative. He later worked as a litigation claims manager within Nationwide’s Specialty Claims operation. In that capacity, he managed claims and litigation that included casualty, material damage, and product liability for 27 western U.S. jurisdictions and Canada.

Les is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He is a member of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA). He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Ohio University, is a Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC), and secured his Masters in Structured Settlement Consulting (MSSC) from Notre Dame Mendoza business school. Additionally, Les has earned the Associate in Claims (AIC) professional designation, a nationally recognized educational program consisting of four courses and national exams that covers the handling of insurance claims. His most recent professional designation supports planning around governmental benefits and personal injury settlements, earning his CMSS designation (Certified Medicare Settlement Specialist.)

Les, his wife, Heather, and their two children, Molly and Sean, moved to Hilliard in 1998. They are active members of St. Brendan Parish in Hilliard and enjoy the many wonderful school activities in our community.

His term runs through 2021.

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Headshot of Kelly McGivernKelly McGivern has over 20 years of experience in public policy development and politics as well as in-depth knowledge of commercial health insurance, Medicaid and general business policy issues.

Ms. McGivern started her career working as a Government Affairs Director for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.  In this position, she began accumulating her strategic development skills by coordinating the differing views of the Chamber membership into a single message on public policy issues.  During her eight years at the Ohio Chamber, Ms. McGivern developed a strong network of legislative connections and support for the Chamber positions among key state agencies.

Building upon her success at the Chamber, Ms. McGivern was recruited to lead the Ohio Association of Health Plans.  As the President and CEO for over a decade, Ms. McGivern was the lead negotiator with state lawmakers and the Governors office on behalf of the health insurance companies on health care policy issues including Medicaid reform, managed care expansion, benefit mandates, long term care system issues, provider contracting requirements, insurance operation oversight, tort reform, health care reform and other key system issues.

Ms. McGivern added to her Government Affairs experience as Senior Director of Government Affairs for five key states in the Aetna MidAmerica Region including Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota.   In this role, she was responsible for overseeing the state lobbying and regulatory efforts on issues of importance to Aetna and serving as a resource on health care issues for policy makers.

Most recently, Ms. McGivern is Regional Director of Government Affairs for Molina Healthcare where she covers four states including Ohio, Michigan, New York and Wisconsin.

Kelly McGivern was named one of the “Top Five Healthcare Lobbyists to Know” and was recognized by Business First as one of the “Forty Under 40” individuals in Columbus.

In addition to her professional experience, Mrs. McGivern is in her 12th year as a member of Hilliard City Council and is President.  Through this position, she has developed an impressive network of relationships around Franklin County with local government leaders and has an in-depth knowledge of local government operations.  Of note is her work to increase appropriations and staffing of the Hilliard Police Department, establishing key provisions for any new economic development agreements, and prioritizing spending to address the needs of the community. She is one of Councils representatives on a Joint Safety Committee with the Hilliard City School District.

Mrs. McGivern holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and lives in Hilliard with her husband, daughter and 2 dogs. She is active with numerous charities including Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, Hilliard Community Foundation and Children’s Hunger Alliance.

Mrs. McGivern’s term runs through December 2021.

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Headshot of Omar TaraziOmar Tarazi was appointed in March 2019 to fill a vacancy on Hilliard City Council.

He has lived in Ohio for 29 years, and in Hilliard since 2009. With his wife Heather O’Bannon, they have raised their children in Hilliard. Two are Eagle Scouts, and two currently attend Hilliard schools.

He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.

He graduated Cum Laude from Dayton Law School with honors in Dispute Resolution, and has been a practicing attorney in Central Ohio for more than a decade, serving the legal needs of families, small business, and nonprofits.

Before joining City Council he served on the Hilliard Board of Zoning Appeals. He continues to serve on both the Ethics Committee and Admissions Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.

Tarazi’s term runs through December 2019.

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Headshot of Cynthia Vermillion

Cynthia Vermillion began her first term on Hilliard City Council in January 2020.

She believes effective local government agencies must take steps to involve community residents, seeking their ideas and input, and that bold steps are often necessary for the betterment of a community.

Ms. Vermillion is a first-generation American who was raised in San Diego, California, by parents who taught her the importance of hard work. Her father started a small wrought iron furniture manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico, while her mother stayed home to take care of her and her three older siblings.

In 2004, Ms. Vermillion, her husband, and four children – Rebekah, Sarah, Christian and Madeline – relocated to Hilliard.

In 2014, she and her husband became involved with a group that fed the homeless of Columbus every week. In 2015, they were asked to lead this activity, which they did on a bi-weekly basis for almost 2 1/2 years, serving up homemade meals and gathering donations of blankets, clothing, and other supplies. She believes this service has been one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences of her life.

Ms. Vermillion received her Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State University. She works for Coldwell Banker King Thompson as a licensed real estate agent.

She serves as chair of Progress Hilliard, a local progressive group and is vice president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Columbus. She has been a member of Columbus Board of Realtors since 2015.

Ms. Vermillion’s term runs through December 2023.

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The Clerk of Council acts as a liaison between the city administration and Hilliard’s boards and commissions. The Clerk prepares meeting agendas, takes minutes during Council meetings and distributes information to Hilliard residents. The Clerk is also responsible for the managing, archiving, scanning, shredding and storing of all city records.

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Important Documents

  • 2020 City Council Regular Meeting Dates

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