City Council consists of seven elected officials who represent all residents living with Hilliard city boundaries. As Hilliard’s legislative body, City Council sets policy, establishes goals, and oversees the municipal government’s annual budget.
Council meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. Agendas and minutes of previous meetings are available online. To speak before City Council, residents and others are asked to sign in on a form provided by the Clerk of Council. All speakers must maintain civil conduct and only address topics they designated when signing in. Contact the Clerk of Council with questions or for more information.
City Council maintains five committees:
- City Planning, Projects and Services
- Economic and Entrepreneurial Development
- Finance and Administration
- Public Safety and Legal Affairs
- Recreation and Parks.
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
Pete Marsh, President
Pete 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 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.
Before 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 Chair. Pete was also a member of the Board of Directors of Destination Hilliard for two years before 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.
Pete currently serves as president of City Council.
Pete lives in Hilliard with his wife of eight years, Beverly. Pete and Beverly have three energetic daughters.
His term runs through December 2023.
Les Carrier, Vice President
Frank L. (Les) Carrier has served on Hilliard City Council since being elected in 2013. His 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 master’s degree 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.
Les currently serves as vice president of City Council.
His term runs through 2021.
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.
Tom’s government affairs experience began when he served on Hilliard’s Charter Review Committee in 2008. He was elected to Hilliard City Council in February 2013 and has served ever since.
Over the years, Tom has been incredibly involved in the Hilliard community. 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 lived in Hilliard City School District for 38 years. Tom and his wife of 38 years, Margo, have three children — Autumn, Scott, and Jeremy, who all graduated from Hilliard Davidson High School.
His term runs through 2021.
Kelly McGivern has more than 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.
Kelly 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, she developed a strong network of legislative connections and support for the chamber positions among key state agencies.
Building upon her success at the chamber, Kelly was recruited to lead the Ohio Association of Health Plans. As president and CEO for more than a decade, she was the lead negotiator with state lawmakers and the Governor’s 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.
Kelly added to her government affairs experience as senior director of government affairs for five key states in the Aetna MidAmerica Region (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, Kelly is regional director of government affairs for Molina Healthcare, where she covers Ohio, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.
She 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.
Kelly has served on Hilliard City Council since 2008. 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. She is one of City Council’s representatives on the Joint Safety Committee with Hilliard City School District.
Kelly holds a bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University and lives in Hilliard with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. She is active with numerous charities, including Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, Hilliard Community Foundation, and Children’s Hunger Alliance.
Her term runs through December 2021.
Omar Tarazi was appointed in March 2019 to fill a vacancy on Hilliard City Council. He was re-elected to a new term starting in 2020.
He has lived in Ohio for 29 years and in Hilliard since 2009. He and his wife, Heather O’Bannon, 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 2023.
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. He served as board 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 a graduate 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.
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.
Cynthia is a first-generation American who was raised in San Diego, Calif., 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, Cynthia, 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.
Cynthia 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.
Cynthia’s term runs through December 2023.
Diane Werbrich, Clerk of Council
Diane Werbrich, MMC serves as Hilliard’s clerk of council.
The clerk of council acts as a liaison between the City Administration and City Council and its boards and commissions. The clerk prepares meeting agendas, takes minutes during Council meetings, and distributes information to Hilliard residents. The clerk of council is also responsible for the managing, archiving, scanning, shredding, and storing all city records.
Diane Werbrich came to the City of Hilliard from Moraine, Ohio, where she served as Clerk of Council since 2015.
She previously worked as Fire Division Secretary from 2008-14 and as Deputy Clerk of Council from 2006-08. She has a Master Municipal Clerk Certification, is current President of the Ohio Municipal Clerks Association, is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, and is an Athenian Fellow.
Werbrich served as an Information Management Officer with the CIA from 1983-97.
2021 Regular Meeting Dates
Unless noted, City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.
- January 11 Organizational Meeting and Regular Meeting
- January 25
- February 8
- February 22
- March 8
- March 22
- April 12
- April 26
- May 10
- May 24
- June 14
- June 28
- July 12
- August 23
- September 13
- September 27
- October 11
- October 25
- November 8
- November 22
- December 13
- December 28