After serving on the Eufaula City Schools Board of Education for 27 years, Otis Hill decided to take a chance and use his skills to serve the City of Eufaula by running for District 2 City Council position.
Spoiler alert — he was successful.
Hill defeated Jeff Robinson, both new candidates, after former Council President Johnny A. Knight chose not to seek re-election, by a vote of 415-275 earlier this year. On Nov. 2, he was officially sworn into office.
Hill was born and raised in Eufaula and received his education in the Eufaula City Schools System followed by secondary education at Wallace.
He has always been connected to education in some way. Hill retired from the State of Alabama after 25 years of service — 22 years at the adolescent center in Eufaula before it closed in 1996 and three years in the Department of Youth Services in Montgomery to seal his retirement.
He’s worked for the Quitman County Board of Education for 14 years, and recently completed 27 years of continuous service on the Eufaula City Schools Board of Education after being appointed in 1993.
“I’ve always been active in the school system with my children and played an active role in their education. I felt like I could make a difference in supporting the system and moving it forward,” he said. “We’ve certainly come a long way since I first joined the board, and we’ve made some very good strides in the academic field as well as athletics.”