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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

IDHS > About IDHS > Mission & Executive Staff > Executive Director - John Hill Executive Director

John H. HillJohn Hill

John H. Hill was appointed on January 14, 2013, by Governor Mike Pence to serve as the Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. As IDHS’ Executive Director, Hill is responsible for the state’s emergency management and homeland security efforts, which include planning and assessment, preparedness and training, emergency response and recovery, and fire and building safety. Hill oversees the strategic planning and response to emergencies, ensuring the training of responders throughout the state, application and disbursement of federal homeland security funds, acting as the emergency operations coordinator during state emergencies and serving as the director of the Counter Terrorism and Security Council, which is chaired by Indiana's Lieutenant Governor.

In 2006, Hill was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with the U.S. Department of Transportation after previously serving the FMCSA as Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator. In this role, Hill was involved in terrorism and hurricane response and emergency preparedness planning for natural disasters. Hill led the agency’s planning and coordination for pandemic influenza, and at the request of the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, served as his personal representative for transportation matters in Mississippi and Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. During this time he worked closely with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and his staff to facilitate aid to the state’s crippled transportation infrastructure.

Prior to his work on a national level, Hill served as a member of the Indiana State Police from 1974-2003, providing expertise as Commander of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Field Enforcement and Logistics Divisions. Hill is a graduate of Taylor University.